Pegasus Stables. Conservation and Renovation of the Kubicki Stables in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw

On 18 October 2017, in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Royal Łazienki Museum signed an agreement for the financing of construction, renovation and conservation works in the Kubicki Stables.

The project "Pegasus Stables. Conservation and Renovation of the Kubicki Stables in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw. Adaptation of the Building for Exhibition-Related and Educational Purposes and Implementation of Energy-Efficient Solutions" will be carried out as part of priority axis 8 – "Protection of Cultural Heritage and Development of Cultural Resources of the Infrastructure and Environment Operational Programme 2014-2020". Its budget amounts to PLN 11,039,542.50, including EU funds – PLN 7,105,906.98.

The project encompasses the construction, renovation, and conservation works to be carried out at the Kubicki Stables in 2019-2021 – the main and most valuable building of the so-called Łazienki Manor, consisting of historical buildings (including – alongside the stable – the coach house, the forge and the wash-house) related to the equestrian and military tradition of the Royal Łazienki. The works will lead to the reconstruction of the historical shape and arrangement of the Kubicki Stables, with the central segment rebuilt and the historical gate restored. The project includes an adaptation of the eastern wing for the purposes of an exhibition area, and the opening of a new permanent exhibition devoted to craft and technology, including equitation among other disciplines, with a display of carriages, which will form a foundation for implementing the new cultural and educational programme. The Kubicki Stables will be adapted to the needs of people with disabilities, and – as a result – available to all visitors.

The intended goal of the project is improvement of cultural and educational activities in the domain of culture, increased accessibility of the infrastructure, and a higher participation of the public in culture – through the development of the cultural and tourism-related potential of the Royal Łazienki Museum. Owing to its rich educational and cultural programme, the project will contribute to providing equal access to culture – also with regard to disadvantaged groups – as well as an increase in cultural competencies and creativity of the public.

As a result, the project will:

  • Enable a wide range of consumers to participate in a high quality cultural and educational programme;
  • Include disabled persons and those at risk of social exclusion in an interesting cultural and educational programme of the Museum;
  • Broaden the capabilities to recognize, impart and fulfil cultural and educational needs and interests of the local community and the country’s residents;
  • Expand the physical infrastructure for conducting high quality, innovative cultural and educational activities;
  • Reduce social differences resulting from insufficient access to an attractive cultural and educational offer;
  • Contribute to the local community integration and to building a social capital based on institutionalized cultural and educational activities;
  • Support the protection of culture, tradition, and cultural heritage;
  • Provide the Museum with possibilities for promotion domestically and abroad and contribute to a positive image of the Museum in society.

In order to ensure that projects co-financed by the European Union are implemented in an ethical, public and transparent manner, we wish to inform you that reports of possible irregularities and fraud may be communicated via e-mail at nadużycia.POIS@mr.gov.pl or through the electronic reporting system; an appropriate form is available at http://www.pois.gov.pl/strony/zglaszanie-nieprawidlowosci/.

CHRONOLOGY OF WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT AT THE KUBICKI STABLES

June 2020 - internal finishing works
Finishing works have begun inside the stable and coach house. Despite the break caused by the coronavirus, installation works have already entered a decisive phase. In addition, a colour scheme for the exterior of the building was chosen and it is similar to the historic colours of the Kubicki Stable. Special holes were also prepared for the gates, which will be an ornament of the Kubicki Stable.

May 2020 - returning to work
After a short period with work put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, workers have now restarted work at the Kubicki Stables site. They are currently cleaning the façade and repairing the roof. Sample colours are applied to make sure that the colour of the building is as close to the original as possible. Holes have been drilled to install an antique door, which will be a part of the interior exhibition. Design documentation is now more specific, and includes selected finishing materials, bathroom suites, sanitary appliances and other items.

April 2020 - discoveries in the Kubicki Stables
Original but bricked up interior doors have been discovered in this building in the Kubicki Stables. They initially connected the central risalit with a stable located in the western wing. The doors have complete, decorative, historical fittings and clearly visible layers of paint. After their restoration, they will become a part of the interior exhibition. Removal of plaster from the walls proved the previous assumptions about the symmetrical design of the building. The discovery of built-up passages also demonstrate that there are the same number of doorways on each side of the main axis. Moreover, the original colouring of the interiors has been confirmed, which will allow restoration of the historical appearance of the stables.

March 2020 - continuation of work in the Kubicki Stables
In the underground storey of the Kubicki Stables, installations were distributed, new partition walls were constructed and plasterwork applied. Works were also carried out on the outside - the façade was cleaned using an ecological method of soda blasting. Heritage conservation supervision established the colours used for the façades and interiors. The studies, based on stratigraphic specimens, allow the best possible restoration of the historic colours for this 19th century building. Moreover, the selected elements include: type of ventilation unit, lamps, sanitary fittings, ceramic tiles and sanitary equipment. In the near future, the contractor will present a model window following restoration and installation of vents to prevent the windows from fogging up. The employees of the Royal Łazienki Museum and the members of the design team are working remotely. On March 16, a decision was made to close the construction site. The Kubicki Stables are closed and properly secured.

February 2020 - internal and external works
A new installation set-up began in the stable and coach house. Works related to pipe installation are ongoing. In addition, insulation work is completed. Employees also started examining the roof truss, i.e. the wooden skeleton of the Kubicki Stable roof that carries the load from the roofing to the construction of load-bearing walls.

January 2020 - the next month of works
Demolition works have begun in nearly 200-year-old Kubicki Stables. Due to a plan for complete replacement of the central heating system, dismantling works were carried out first, i.e. old pipes and radiators were removed. In addition, works related to replacement of the water and sewerage system began. In order to stabilise the building, the foundations of the central part of the Kubicki Stables were strengthened.

December 2019 - initial works on the Kubicki Stables
Renovation is underway at the Kubicki Stables, the most valuable of the buildings in the grange area of the Royal Łazienki, following completion of the earlier construction projects intended to strengthen the foundations and to deepen the basement in the central part of the building. This work was carried out to create modern toilet facilities for visitors and to level the ground floor to make it more accessible for people with physical disabilities. Additionally, information boards were set up concerning the "Pegasus Stables" project. The activities being undertaken within its framework are aimed at creating a new exhibition space in the Kubicki Stables and to make it accessible to all visitors.