Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic European Art Centre

This inspirational space is home for many cultural events, being cultural centre of the region.


  • Białystok, Poland


  • Podlaskie Voivodeship Marshall’s Office

Project Status

  • Opened in 2012

First major cultural development in Podlasie region

Image above By OiFP (www.oifp.eu) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Centre for the Arts in Bialystok is the first major cultural development in the Podlasie region in north-east Poland and is recognised as a national cultural institution. The client’s brief was to create a regional cultural centre capable of hosting hundreds of different events during one season and which would also connect Eastern  Europe and the Baltic. This modern facility has a 1,071-seat auditorium, a 500-seat amphitheatre and a smaller 148-seat venue, as well as lower and upper foyers where concerts, exhibitions, educational and cultural events can take place.

16,000 m² 16,000 m²
Auditorium seats
1,071 1,071
Amphitheatre seats
500 500

Building architecture

The architecture of the building reflects its historic surroundings in the municipal park, and this informed our designs for the project. Rainwater collected from the roof is used to water the plants which cover the building’s roof and walls.

Our solutions 

Our energy-efficiency solutions include solar panels installed for hot water supply. This system provides around 15-17% of energy for the hot water storage tank. A building management system allows optimum coordination of technical systems, controls, energy management and maintenance cost control. 

Our HVAC installations are based on displacement ventilation and the air supply is zoned. This gives the flexibility to regulate the environment according to the different needs of the audience and orchestra spaces. The high performance of the system also enables heat recovery for further efficiencies. We also provided full acoustic isolation of the HVAC systems, contributing to the centre’s excellent sound quality. 

See how the Opera had been built: