The Gipromez Company from Moscow delivered the first project for the Administrative Centre and its style
resembled classical buildings. However its architecture clashed with the town planning and architectural
principles dominating the city so anall-Poland competition for a new project was announced. The jury chose the
winning project by engineer J. Ballenstedt and M. and J. Ingarden.
Two buildings (S and Z) form the Centre . They are situated perpendicular to the main artery leading from the
city to the plant. The external appearance of the buildings is identical with their main entrances placed on the
sidewalls, facing each other. Above the entrances are spacious loggias. The walls have uniform surfaces with fine
A very characteristic and typically Polish theme is a splendid attic,which links the buildings with our
Renaissance architecture. Most details are made of sandstone. Quoins formed as bastions surmounted by turrets
give the impression of a fortified structure. The buildings of the Administrative Center are sometimes compared
to Italian Palazzo in Fortezza.Both of them, as common with fortifications, have spacious courtyards.
With tespect to the interior decorations, the Z building (the seat of the Board seat) makes a better impression.
As a more representative edifice it has richer ornamentation owing to stone lab facing and unique hand forged
locksmithing. Within this building some pieces of fine furniture in the style of socialist realism made of
precious kinds of wood have also been preserved.
The buildings of the Administrative Centre of HTS looming dimly from a distance, previously with high chimneys
and clouds of gases, remained as a constant part of Nowa Huta`s landscape and its residents often call it
"the Vatican" or "the Doge's Palace".