Poland’s foreign minister has said the nation should knock down its socialist realist symbol, the Palace of Culture in Warsaw.
Radek Sikorski says Warsaw should tear down the Palace of Science and Culture – a gift from Stalin in the 1950s – which still dominates the Warsaw skyline, just as Germans destroyed the Berlin Wall 20 years ago.
In Sikorski’s opinion, the Palace of Science and Culture is a symbol of communism. Therefore, its demolition should also be symbolic, as was in case with the Russian Orthodox Church in Warsaw, which was demolished when Poland regained independence in 1918 after 120 years of partition.
PKiN, on shaky ground?
Here we go again! Will this debate never end? For as long as I’ve been here there has been a constant back and forth debate about whether the Palace of Culture and Science (PKiN) should be destroyed or not. For the same time there have been assorted options put forth as to what to do around the PKiN, assuming it remains standing. The net result is that nothing at all has been done to either the palace or the vast area surrounding it and so we’re living with a gradually deteriorating mess right in the heart of the city. I’m now at the point of saying “Make your minds up and do something, for goodness sake!”.
The PKiN is massive with internal volume of over 800,000 cubic metres and including 14,000 m2 of office space. It is in poor condition and so to keep it means spending a large sum in renovation costs. To remove it means spending a larger sum in demolition costs plus the cost of putting up something else to take its place. All this debate about whether to keep it or not is just the governments way of avoiding having to spend anything at all. They’re not even attempting to sell the thing for 1 PLN to a private developer to allow someone who will have the desire and funds to make it happen. Shame on them!