Revitalisation of former power station generates cultural change in Łódź

A redundant power station in the Polish city of Łódź has been transformed into a public centre for arts, social, cultural and educational activities. The new facilities are designed to welcome both local residents and tourists.

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The former power station had two buildings, both of which have been revamped to offer a total floor-space of more than 42 000 m2. Building EC-1 East is now home to a film arts centre featuring a gallery, theatre and library, as well as a shopping and dining mall. EC-1 West accommodates a science and technology centre which stages permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as interactive and experimental events. This building also provides food and retail stores.

Wide-ranging benefits

Along with local visitors and tourists, the new facilities are expected to benefit the scientific and technological communities, the movie industry, the audio-visual/TV sector and other cultural industries. The biggest user groups are likely to be school pupils and students of all ages who will enjoy the specially arranged thematic trails and educational exhibitions.

In order to adapt the site for its new role, building works included the following:

  • General renovation of EC-1 west and east;
  • Extension of the EC-1 West building;
  • Functional revamp and modernisation of water, sewerage, electricity, heating and gas infrastructures;
  • Replacement and fitting-out of the various facilities.

The centre, which is in use since the beginning of 2014, was developed by a consortium of three institutions: the City of Łódź; the World Art Foundation; and EC-1 Łódź City of Culture. It is expected to create 160 permanent jobs. The City of Łódź is responsible for making sure that funding for the project continues over its lifetime.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Revitalisation of EC-1 and its adaptation to cultural and artistic purposes, City of Łódź” is EUR 29 710 560, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 19 632 738 from the Operational Programme “Łódzkie Voivodeship” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.under the priority “Revitalisation of Urban Areas”.

Draft date

24/09/2014