1998 | THE MISSION TO ESTABLISH THE ECS
2005 | THE SIGNING OF THE ECS FOUNDING ACT
“I have come today to repeat your words loud and clear. You said there is no freedom without solidarity” said President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. “Without the solidarity movement we would not have had the European Union that we have today. And we know that there is no Europe without freedom and solidarity. Thank you to Solidarity for everything you have done for freedom in Europe.” A leading role was again played that day by an enormous pen, just like the one with which Lech Wałęsa signed the August Agreements in 1980.
2007 | INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION
The walls are lined with COR-TEN (weathering) steel, with its rusty colour is reminiscent of a ship’s hull.
The Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers, the former Lenin Shipyard’s Gate No. 2 and the nearby BHP Hall, where on 31 August 1980 the striking workers signed an agreement with the government of the Polish People’s Republic, have been included as parts of the permanent ECS exhibition which is the heart of the building.
The ECS chief designers were architects: Wojciech Targowski, Piotr Mazur, Antoni Taraszkiewicz and Paweł Czarzasty.
2008 | ECS STARTS WORKING
2010 | THE FINANCING
Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski, The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Mr Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdańsk co-sign the financing of the ECS building agreement. Construction of the European Solidarity Centre starts.
2011 | THE LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE
2012 | TOPPING OUT CEREMONY
The ECS cost PLN 229 million (approx. € 54,165,000) to build, with PLN 113 million (approx. € 26,722,992) provided by the European Union and the remaining funds coming from Gdańsk’s city budget. The municipality carried out the project through the GIK sp. z o.o. company, while Polimex-Mostostal SA was the main contractor, together with 50 subcontractors. Almost 30 people—including historians, archivists and political scientists—were involved in preparing the content of the permanent ECS exhibition. Its setting and layout were designed by Studio 1:1 of Gdańsk. The exhibition was delivered by a consortium of the Qumak SA and Maciej Lubocki Multimedia Art & Education companies, with the support of 10 subcontractors. The concept of the Fun & Games Department, a soon-to-be-opened children’s room, was developed by Grupa Smacznego of Gdańsk.
2014 | GRAND OPENING OF THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CENTRE’S SEAT
The new ECS building will be an agora, a space for people and ideas that build and develop a civic society, a meeting place for people who hold the world’s future dear.
The ECS will continue to run projects addressed to various groups in Poland, Europe and the entire world: conferences, debates, children’s and youth projects, theatre productions, film screenings (including 3D) and temporary exhibitions.
Seventeen rooms in the ECS building will be taken up by non-governmental organisations which work towards the common good, freedom and human rights. The Winter Garden will be open year round to provide a venue for artistic activities, meetings and leisure. And from the springtime until the autumn, an observation deck will be available on the roof, with a beautiful panoramic view of the post-Shipyard area, and Gdańsk’s Old and Main Towns.