The Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library Polish acronym - CINiBA Location: Katowice, Poland Design: HS99 Photography: Maciek Jeżyk
The Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library (the Polish name, Centrum Informacji Naukowej i Biblioteka Akademicka, creates the library’s catchy daily-use acronym: CINiBA) is a joint project of the University of Silesia and the University of Economics in Katowice. Designed by the firm of architects HS99, it was named the best building built in Poland between 2000- 2012 in the 7th edition of the Life in Architecture award organized by leading Polish architectural magazine Architektura Murator, standing out from over 1,000 entries.
In fact, CINiBA has received several awards: Best Building in Life In Architecture, Grand Prix in an architectural contest by prestigious weekly magazine Polityka, as well as a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2013, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, placing within the top 34 shortlisted works.
Dariusz Herman, one of the architects from HS99 who worked on CINiBA, describes the building as ‘simple’: “We wanted to create a space which would be an oasis. The building is introverted. It communicates with the exterior through the perforated façade.” Herman recalls that indoors, one of the greatest challenges was “taking control of the atmosphere”, and contributing greatly to that goal was the ceiling. To control acoustics and create the desired minimalistic design, HS99 specified concealed-grid Sonar D-edge ceiling tiles from ROCKFON for the office area corridors and the conference/lecture rooms. “The richness of the textures and forms offered by ROCKFON products have allowed the ceiling to harmoniously integrate with our concept, and this is what we were looking for,” says Herman. “You hardly notice the ceilings in the building – and that is a compliment.”