Last Saturday the big opening of European Solidarity Center took place in Gdańsk, the city where I live.
"Solidarity", a movement that appeared in Gdańsk in 1980, was the first independent labour union in a country belonging to the Soviet bloc. Its leader was Lech Wałęsa received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1983. The "Solidarity" movement lead the Soviet bloc to collapse in 1989. I am so proud it all happened in my city.
On the grounds of Gdańsk Shipyards (in 1980s "Lenins Shipyard"), where "Solidarity" arose European Solidarity Center was built. Inside, apart from conference rooms, libriaries and R&D offices there is an impressive exposition devoted to the history of "Solidarity" and the history of communism in Poland.
The building's architecture is impressive as well, I love the way it looks in the landscape of Gdańsk Shipyards. The shape is inspired by the shape of ship. The facade is made of corten, weathering steel of a stable rust-like appearance.
Gdańsk Shipyards next to ECS building
Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970. In 1970 at least 42 people were killed during protests against the communist authorities.
The inner patio of the building.
I like Polish flag colors as an accent on the wall
This is what the steel of the building looks like at close range
Soviet bloc 1945-1989
Symbolic Round Table - the table where in 1989 the agreement between the "Solidarity" activists and communist authorities was set
This is how dellies looked like during communist-era in Poland. Yes, they tended to be empty.
Typical Polish apartment between 1945-1989. Every apartment looked almost the same as the choice in shops was extremely limited (one kind of sofa, one kind of armchair etc.). If you were lucky enough to buy any furniture at all.
I like the tv set's design
...and the clock's design too :-)