Leba Museum






4 687,30 m2




The competition for urban and architectural conceptual design of a new branch of the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk – Branch: Museum of Underwater Archaeology and Fisheries Baltic Sea in Łeba.
The project is to develop new Museum of Underwater Archaeology and Baltic Sea Fishery, which will present all aspects conducted by the National Maritime Museum in Gdansk underwater archaeological research.

As every museum of maritime, designed museum is to be located near the popular routes, on the waterfront of the port channel. This location, along with the interesting displays has been designed to interest people walking nearby. In project considerations that were taken into account is also the need to provide a free space around, which in the future may be used for the possible enlargement of the building or for a new facility for the exhibition that will be held there for several years, at the next stage of development.

For proper functioning of such exhibitions it was necessary to adapt the building to the collection that would be display there, as well as the comfort of people using this facility.

Entry and exit for visitors and staff to and from the museum leads from the main traffic route in the city. In addition, on the side of the building there is access to the building at level 0 to introduce large objects.
The entrance for visitors to the exhibition hall of the museum is located next to the cash register, store and self-service cloakroom with toilets core. The ceiling here is a wooden profiles arranged in the shape of waves.
Main exhibition area – the level of 0, is divided into two halls. First base area approx. 800 m2 with a recess to about 0.5 m is allocated for the exhibition of the Baltic fisheries. In this part of the hall next to the steel fishing boat, there are exhibition entresols, from which you can get to ‘special rooms’ (such as education room, science lab or film area). The second room will be allocated on the monuments related to underwater archeology. This room has a separate section on early medieval boats. The second part of the room, approx. 600 m2, will be reconstructed to present the hulls of boats and ships, the party hulls, various components, equipment, old ships and other objects acquired as a result of archaeological research.

The facility that is also find is a restaurant – café area for around 80 people, with terrace that faces the harbour. This space is accessible both from the outside and inside the building.

The object is designed quite ‘harsh’ in its looks and feels. Large windows combined with a light but rough concrete facade, breaks with the dynamics of the shape and the use of different vertical panels of elevation. Individual floors spread like a hand fan toward the water, thus creating interesting terraces. Design of the whole is a play of translucency between individual elements from simple bright interiors to the dark closed special areas.
Designed waterfront in a playful way breaks the simplicity of the design. The individual organic terraces connect the museum with water and change of material in paving clearly directs to the main entrance of the museum.