About the project
"The Wooden Treasure. Preserving Heritage, Design Future"
The region of Lublin has a rich tradition of using wood in construction. Several dozen years ago it was still the predominant building material in villages, small towns and on the outskirts of big cities. Small multicultural towns were a staple of the cultural landscape of the Lublin region until World War II. The wooden buildings in these towns - houses, churches, public facilities and elements of small architecture - comprise one of the most unique phenomena in Polish and Central European architecture. Until today some examples of specific small towns' buildings, known as arcade houses, were preserved in the Lublin region.
Norway, on the other hand, can be proud of its rich - and, what is important, uninterrupted by wartime destruction - tradition of wooden architecture. Keeping in mind this continuity and durability of architectural forms, as well as highly developed methods of protection, documentation and promotion of wooden heritage, we based the project "Wooden Treasure. Preserving Heritage, Design Future" on cooperation and the sharing of experiences.
The project "Wooden Treasure. Preserving Heritage, Design Future" aimed to document and promote the traditional wooden architecture of small towns in the Lublin region, and to call the local communities' attention to the problem of degradation of the multicultural heritage of the Lublin region.
- the sharing of documentation regarding the most representative examples of wooden architecture in the Lublin region;
- virtual reconstructions of five small towns of the Lublin region and 3D models of the Norwegian town of Larvik illustrating its wooden architecture in three historical periods;
- a multimedia online service about wooden architecture and its preservation;
- seminars for schools and local authorities about traditional wooden architecture of the Lublin region and its significance as part of cultural heritage;
- a mobile exhibition about the wooden architecture of Poland and Norway;
- an education brochure (in Polish) and a multilingual publication.
May 2014 - December 2015
The "Grodzka Gate - NN Theatre" Centre is an interdisciplinary municipal cultural institution operating in Lublin since 1998, which specialises in the area of education and cultural heritage preservation. The Centre's programme is shaped by the intersection of academic, museum, documentary, editorial, educational and artistic activities. An important feature of the Centre's programme is the language of art and social animation.
Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) is an independent non-profit institution specialising in the subject of cultural heritage, its protection and sustainable management. Among the main activities of the Institute are: the protection of objects of art and monuments of architecture, archaeology, cultural heritage of the Far North and spatial planning regarding the protection of the cultural heritage in the construction of public facilities and commercial buildings.
Vestoldmuseene IKS (Larvik Museum) was established in 1916 with the aim of protecting and renovating historical buildings in Larvik. Implemented projects: "Count's Palace" (the renovation of the wooden residence in Larvik), "Cultural Heritage of the Western Sea", "History of Larvik" (permanent project implemented by the Larvik Museum, aiming to examine the cultural heritage and history of the Danish reign between 1671-1805).
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Project coordinator: Tadeusz Przystojecki
tel.: (+48) 81 53 258 67
"Brama Grodzka - NN Theatre" Centre
ul. Grodzka 21
tel. (+48) 81 532 58 67