In celebration of Wroclaw’s tenure as European City of Culture 2016, a very special location called OP ENHEIM is being created in that city’s historical Oppenheim House, a beautiful Baroque building located on the Salt Market. After completing a comprehensive restoration, the OP ENHEIM will comprise an exhibition space, a multi-purpose conference area with a terrace, cafés, office space and apartments for the artist-in-residence programme.
OP ENHEIM will concentrate on cultural-artistic projects and in particular on exhibitions. In doing so, it will seek to foster Polish-German cooperation and other international exchanges. The former tenement house counts among the few historical buildings that miraculously survived World War II unscathed. In order to properly renovate and preserve the house’s priceless building materials and interior design, a special training programme was developed for Polish craftsmen: as part of their instruction, these craftsmen develop artistic carpentry skills which they then put to the test immediately on-site under the guidance of specialists from Görlitz and Wroclaw.
The Wroclaw-based, multiple award-winning architectural firm of Major Architekci has taken on the leading role in the expansion and renovation of the building. Among those on board as cooperation partners is the well-known Berlin-based architectural firm of J. Mayer H., winner of the Red Dot Design Award 2012 as well as guests of honour at the Lower Silesian Festival for Architecture DoFA 2015.