Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok - CODAworx

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok

Client: Podlaskie Voivodeship Marshal’s Office

Location: Białystok, Poland

Completion date: 2012

Project Team


Tomasz Urbanowicz



prof. dr arch. Marek Budzyński

marek budzyński architekt sp. z.o.o.


mgr inż. arch. Krystyna Ilmurzyńska

marek budzyński architekt sp. z.o.o.


The Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – the European Art Center in Białystok is currently the largest artistic institution in north-eastern Poland and the most modern center of cultural life in this part of Europe. The building was designed by the studio leaded by Prof. Dr. arch. Marek Budzyński.
Music notes of works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stanisław Moniuszko and W. A. Mozart were pressed into the thick relief glasses.
The artistic glass heads on the columns refer to the Orthodox churches characteristic of the region.


The main goal of the whole interior and exterior glass art compositions is to integrate the music with the architecture by creating large scale kiln-formed casted glass panels.


Thanks to cooperation started in 2005 at the early stage, according to the original project by Prof. dr arch. Marek Budzyński and mgr inż. arch. Krystyna Ilmurzyńska, it became possible to create artistic glassworks by Tomasz Urbanowicz.
Two artistic glass panels hanging over the Odessa Steps created by Tomasz Urbanowicz inspired by the original sketches - music records of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki.

Additional Information

The investor was the Marshal's Office of the Podlasie Voivodeship.