Gallery: Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Scie...


As of 2011, Poland consumes 77 million tons of coal per year, which makes it the second-largest coal consumer in the European Union and the 10th largest in the world. But since the late 1980s, coal production took a steep decline in Poland, as several large mining operations were shuttered. Warsaw-based design firm, Nizio Design International, has come up with a creative solution for the abandoned Stara Kopalnia coal mine in Walbrzych, Poland. The firm will reimagine this cluster of lost buildings into an engaging public space, breathing new life into this economically depressed community.

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