Wroclaw

Solpol

  ul. Świdnicka 21-23 ,   Old Town         07 Aug 2019
Solpol
Solpol
photo by Volens nolens kraplak CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Wrocław’s most infamous architectural creation has to be the Solpol department store on ul. Świdnicka 21-23. Designed by postmodernist architect Wojciech Jarząbek during a single, intensive 120hr period in 1992, this ‘scaled-up 1990s ice-cream parlour’ (as architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska put it) is an adventure in wonky shapes and flamboyant colour whose existence can only be explained by early post-communist Poland’s insatiable yearning for colour and novelty. Originally filled with retailers, Solpol fell out of favour with Wroclavians as swanky shopping malls started popping up in the city. Despite periodically made announcements that the building is to be finally put out of its misery by the unlucky owner, in recent years attempts have been made to get the now-empty structure onto the Polish register of objects of cultural heritage as a testament to the transitional period of early 1990s Poland.

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