Lesser Poland Regional Operational Programme in the years 2007 - 2013Projects within the MRPO – Lesser Poland Regional Operational Programme in the years 2007 - 2013.
Św. Wawrzyńca Quarter – building a cultural centre in Kazimierz district of Kraków
The project took place in the years 2007 - 2013.
The project included adapting for cultural purposes the former historic tramway shed structures at 15 św. Wawrzyńca 15 Street – the seat of the Museum. 7 historic buildings of the old late 19th and early 20th century tramway shed, its back area, yard, and manoeuvre square were revitalised. The complex, located in the area considered a history monument "Kraków – historic urban complex" and included in the first UNESCO World Heritage List, has been registered in the landmark list in 1985, at no. A – 680.
The "Św. Wawrzyńca Quarter…" project included reinforcing foundations by paling, maintenance of the wooden mullion and transom structure and roof framing, maintenance of outer brick layer and plasters, building new roof coverings, reconstructing woodwork of windows and doors. Sanitary and electric systems were installed, including electronic fire and break-in detection and alert systems. A number of general construction tasks were performed, adapting the interior to cultural functions.
The revitalisation was performed preserving and exhibiting elements of industrial heritage, determining the unique character of the complex. This included restoring historic tracks and putting the 1913 normal-gauge electric tramway shed into use again, after more than 40 years. Thus, the shed regained its original function, perfectly harmonising with the cultural and museum functions.
In 2007, the revitalisation works conducted at the horse tramway hall were awarded the Professor Janusz Bogdanowski Prize. It is an annual award, granted since 2003 by the Archi-Szopa Association for the best architectural structure or the best adaptation of an old architectural structure.
The restoration works performed contributed to preservation of unique industrial heritage and revealed its historic, urban planning and architectural characteristics. It enabled using the structures for cultural functions, including innovative, interactive exhibitions on the subject of history of technology.
Gross project value (financed by the Lesser Poland Regional Operational Programme and the City of Kraków):
24 556 530,10 zł
Donation of the Office of the Marshall of Lesser Poland Voivodship: 11 672 167,35 zł
Garden of Experiments
"Garden of Experiments in Kraków – expanding a cultural tourism product" is a project co-funded by the Lesser Poland Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007-2013, implemented by the Museum of Urban Engineering.
Due to this project's implementation, the Experience Garden acquired new abilities in the field of interactive education. Until 2013, the Garden's offer focused on presenting physical phenomena. The project enabled creation of natural education areas transcending physics, which at the same time perfectly harmonised with the park space.
Geo-garden is a geological garden, where 17 rocks, each weighing several tonnes, are located. What they have got in common is their use in Kraków's architecture, which allowed geological education to be improved through a connection with objects known to every inhabitant of the region. The GEO - GRÓDEK was a concept of professor Jacek Rajchel from the AGH University of Science and Technology, a prominent specialist in geology, promoter of natural science, the author of the book "Kraków Made of Stone". The new exhibition is accompanied by workshops. Their participants can learn rock properties and the methods of researching them.
Zapachowo is a sensory exhibition located in the northern part of the Garden, with flowers and herbs stimulating the sense of smell. Roses, magnolias, peonies, mint, sage, lavender and other specimens are enjoyable for the viewer, but most importantly they bring to attention the plants' smell and its goal – survival of the species, achieved through attracting or repelling insects.
Lem-birynt is a green labyrinth where, while looking for the exit, we find quotes from the works of the patron of the Garden – Stanisław Lem. Reflection about them will be aided by stylish benches located within the labyrinth, made of single pieces of Strzegom granite and wood.
The project improved sanitation in the Experience Garden as well. Two specially designed containers allowed a number of problems to be solved, including availability of toilets to the disabled. The educational model offer was expanded by purchase of a Zorb ball and a bungee springboard. The devices that are used only for entertainment in other places, in the Garden facilitate reflection on natural phenomena through an appropriate system of descriptions.
The project included adding a "Night trail" to the offer of workshops – a series of night-time experiments, using a telescope, an infra-red camera, night vision devices, optical fibres and materials emitting light when illuminated with ultra-violet radiation. Groups intending to use such an offer can also spend the night on the premises of the Experience Garden, in tents.
The project's implementation took place in the years 2012 – 2013. In accordance with assumptions, its value was 965 998,15 zł, including 796 864,35 zł eligible costs, and deducible VAT tax of 169 133,80 zł. The value of donation from the Lesser Poland Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007-2013 amounted to 75% of eligible costs. The rest of the costs were financed from the Museum's own funds. Non-eligible costs were fully funded by the Museum.