Flowcrete Poland provided over 2,500 m2 of its high performance Peran STB Compact flooring solution to the History Centre Zajezdnia – a new, interactive history museum in Wrocław, Western Poland.
The Centre, which opened in September, is a contemporary museum that presents the post-war history of Wrocław and Lower Silesia. It is located in a 19th century building on Grabiszyńska Street, which was the first tram depot in Wrocław until World War II.
After the war, the building became a bus depot for the Municipal Transport Company – and it was here on 26th August 1980 that a strike, led by Władysław Frasyniuk, was organised as an act of solidarity with Lech Wałęsa and shipyard workers that were striking in Gdansk against the communist government. This event marked the beginning of the Solidarity movement in Wrocław.
The building was renovated and rearranged for the museum, according to the design of Maćków Pracownia Projektowa. The renovated building will be the home of both permanent and temporary exhibitions while also providing a space for various educational and cultural events.
Because of that purpose, the architects looked for a flooring system that would not only be very durable and able to withstand foot traffic from several thousand visitors each month but that would also maintain an effective surface despite point loading from multiple exhibits (which will include cars and railway wagons), construction elements and also the scuffs, scrapes and impacts incurred by frequently changing exhibitions. Additionally, the floor needed to convey an appearance in keeping with the building’s post-industrial architecture.
A highly durable and decorative Peran STB Compact floor was therefore ideal for the project. Created by combining a colourless epoxy resin with coloured quartz sand, Peran STB Compact was applied in exhibitions halls on both levels, in the centre’s reception, staircases and in the restrooms. The architects chose a monochrome RAL 7037 Dusty Grey colour to match the aesthetics of the exhibition areas.
Thanks to the longevity and functionality of Peran STB Compact, the History Centre Zajezdnia’s operators could rest assured that students, tourists and Polish history enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the exhibitions on a safe, attractive surface for many years to come.