The biggest historical museum in Poland, the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk, was recently opened. The modern museum presents the history of the war as the greatest cataclysm of the 20th century, with a focus on the stories of individuals, societies and nations.

The museum project, authored by the Kwadrat architectural studio from Gdynia, has been built at Władysław Bartoszewski square in Gdańsk (the city where the war broke out). Belgian architectural firm Tempora designed the permanent exhibition after this firm was selected in an international architectural competition.

It is one of the largest historical museum exhibitions in the world, is located 14 metres underground and covers around 5 000m². The three main narrative blocks are “The Road to War”, “The Terror of War” and “The Long Shadow of War” divided into 18 thematic sections. There are approximately 240 modern multimedia displays and two and a half thousand objects in the exhibition.

Flowcrete Poland supplied 4 000m² of Flowcrete’s Peran SL flooring to create the unique finishes that are an integral part of the museum’s exhibits. Peran SL flooring, which is an epoxy-based, 2-3mm thick flooring system, enabled the design team to create attractive and powerful visual effects, like in one exhibition room where posters and old newspapers are sealed into the resin floor so that the visitors can walk above them. The products in the museum’s hall and exhibition rooms were installed by TQS Flooring.

The floors are in 12 different colours, including white, black, khaki, light and dark shades of brown and grey, with a PU Matt coating. Resin flooring in natural shades of browns and greys perfectly suit the industrial, minimalist aesthetics of this Museum.

The Museum of the Second World War has been visited by almost 2 000 people per day since its opening. The pedestrian traffic, combined with heavy objects such as a German Torpedo G7a weighing over 1 000kg at the museum, meant that the client needed a robust solution and durable flooring with high resistance to mechanical damage and found this in Flowcrete’s Peran SL flooring. The appearance of the floor also makes it ideal for public venues that are subject to high levels of foot traffic.

IMR company also installed 6 000m² of Flowcrete’s Deckshield ID car park deck coating system in the museum’s two-storey underground car park.

For more information, contact Flowcrete on Tel: +27 (31) 461 3411 or via www.flowcretesa.co.za.