Science and Culture Centre of the Old Mine in Walbrzych

The authorities of Walbrzych, Poland decided on an extraordinary conversion and transformed the "Julia" mine into a modern science and art centre that redefined the post-industrial area.

The history of the Julia coal mine from the Bialy Kamien (White Stone) district dates back to 1770. The black gold was mined here until 1996.

The revitalisation project started in 2009, and the first visitors came to the centre in early 2015. The area of the old mine for the science and art centre covers about 4.5 hectares. Visitors will find a total of 16 buildings with different functions.

The brick tower hoistways of the "Julius" (now "Julia") and "Ida" ("Sobotka") shafts have also been preserved to this day. However, the 25-metre-high glass tower, which originally had a cooling function, stands out the most. Today it houses an exhibition.

The project in detail

Project information

ObjectScience and Cultural Centre Old Mine
Project period2013-2015
Brandquick-mix, tubag

quick-mix: BLV Borehole silicification silicate paints, BD2K 2K bitumen thick coating, S-FIX rapid grouting mortar, MI-XI ETICS for, MK 3 lime-cement machine render, silicate paint

tubag: SAN restoration plasters, TKP trass lime plaster

Building contractorTWS GB Spółka z o.o. Spółka Komandytowa
ClientCity of Walbrzych
LocationWalbrzych, Poland
AreaRedevelopment, restoration
Building typeFormer mine, today science and art centre
Special featureThe Old Mine was awarded the prestigious title of "well-kept monument" in 2015.

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