The work of architects employed during the communist regime in Polish state design offices, which significantly influenced the shape of the contemporary built environment, is often perceived as self-evident, worthless, and rarely is a subject of deep analysis and reflection. This text is an attempt to discuss such ‘dull’ state-produced architecture, through the example of late-modern railway stations and stops. Similarities in their design stem from a set of far-sighted rules shaping the design of the railway, which were elaborated in the late 1950s but brought widespread effects only in the 1960s. At that time a kind of functional canon of railway stations and stops had been established. According to those general functional principles, dozens of railway stations were built in various architectural forms in the period of intense investments during the 1960s and 1970s. This article analyses some of the best and most interesting examples of the architecture of railway stations in the People’s Republic of Poland. Focusing on objects of small and medium size, it complements the existing research concerning large stations such as in Katowice and Warsaw, with less familiar ‘peripheral’ realisations. These structures appear to be representative of architects’ average skill and taste located between architectural conservatism and experimental extremes.
This article is only available as an abstract in the English version of our magazine.