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Rainer Mahlamäki


Warsaw, Poland

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw is located in Muranów neighbourhood in the district of Śródmieście, Warsaw. It is the only Polish cultural institution commemorating the thousand years of the history of Jews in Poland. The museum was established in 2005. It was erected according to the design of a Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamäki in the years of 2009–2013 opposite the Monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes. The building of the museum is located in the centre of the former Jewish neighbourhood called the Northern District. From November 1940 to the end of the existence of the Warsaw ghetto, this part of the city was within a closed district (so-called central ghetto). In 2008 the museum design was granted the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award.

dormakaba's contribution to the project
dormakaba products installed in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews confer the feeling of prestige both as regards the visual aspect and the every-day use. Electronic access control systems guarantee reliability and safety. The installed dormakaba Universal glass walls are an aesthetic solution which keeps down the number of needless fittings and makes it possible to create complex structures which reveal the nature of a room due to their transparency. Entrances and emergency exits are fitted with sliding doors with ES 200 automatic operators.