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CDT 'Smyk' Department Store

Warsaw, Poland
CDT 'Smyk' Department Store in Warsaw in 1960s
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CDT 'Smyk' Department Store in Warsaw in 1960s
Edmund Kupiecki

CDT Deparment Store in Warsaw was constructed in 1948-1952, designed by Zbigniew Ihnatowicz and George Romanski, at the intersection of Bracka, Widok, Krucza, and Aleje Jerozolimskie, the building was designed in the late modernist style, however, the majority of new projects being built in Warsaw at the time were constructed in the politically favourable socialist realist style. The modernist design of Smyk made it a unique building at the time, yet also a very controversial one. Stalin believed that modernism was the architecture of capitalism and particularly disliked it as the favoured style in the decades just before the Second World War and thus its association with the Second Polish Republic. Unlike much of Warsaw's immediate pre-war architecture, the building is simple and functional, using no excess motifs or decorations to enhance its contemporary appearance. The current owner of the building is the "Centre for Development & Investments - Poland Sp. Zoo"