In December 2007, MHK (the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków) obtained from the Commune of Krakow a building, which is the unfinished wing of the primary school located at ul. Księcia Józefa 337. Since one of the main housing needs of MHK was to have a storeroom for collections, in the beginning of 2008, it was decided that this storeroom would be built.
In 2008 and 2009, the initial concept of arrangement for the building was made, followed by making the construction project. The Architectural Studio PLAN-PROJEKT-ART created a full documentation of the investment project, adapting the existing building to the needs of MHK. In terms of architectural design, it was assumed that after the construction works, the storeroom with about 2000 sq.m. of the storage space will be built, as well as restoration and photography workshops.
During the preparation of guidelines for the interior design project, the idea to expand the functions of storerooms and restoration workshops with the contact of audience was developed. A storeroom facility with restoration workshops is usually an internal museum unit, which is intrinsically inaccessible to outsiders, except for those people, who are professionally involved in museology. Such a functional model means that the overwhelming majority of collections is hidden in storerooms, and they are not available for visitors. Considering that these are museum's storerooms, where the greater part of the collections held is kept, the failure to use their educational and cognitive potential can be considered as a kind of "mismanagement of the heritage".
Therefore, the decision made at MHK was about the creation of the facility, which, being a modern storeroom, will also be a place for "interpretation of artefacts"
The consequence of opening the facility for visitors is enriching the building's infrastructure with new functions such as a meeting room, a multimedia room, a café, a reception desk. The project provides for several access zones: the route for visitors and the zone accessible only to employees.
The access to the collections is possible thanks to properly designed storage furniture, in the part with large glazed surfaces and thanks to marking the safe and restricted tour route in the biggest storage section in the underground, and implementation of the glazed hallway nearby restoration workshops on the second floor. In the underground you can see collections of Krakow cribs set in glazed crates, handicrafts and furniture. There is also a multimedia room located, where the visitors will be able to take benefits of effects of digitalization programme for collections, which is carried out at MHK (Digital Thesaurus). In the underground part, there is also a meeting room, where workshops and readings can be organized. On the ground floor, in the accessible zone there are storerooms with numismatic items, weapons and graphic arts. On the first floor, there are storerooms with textiles and paintings. Impossibility of showing some types of collections (i.e. graphic arts, photographs, textiles), or the possibility of showing only their part makes it necessary to add scenographic elements to emphasize the nature of the interior, and which at the same time will mitigate the “technical nature” of the storeroom.