Microcement Festfloor at the Siberian Memorial Museum in Bialystok
We have written many times that microcement works perfectly in public buildings, shopping centers, halls, and cafes. Today we show that it also looks great in museums. We are pleased to announce that Festfloor microcement has been chosen as a decorative layer for the floor at the Siberian Memorial Museum in Bialystok (5000 m² of floors!).
Microcement in a museum
The museum is located at Węglowa Str. in Białystok and is to commemorate the tragic deportations of Poles to Siberia. The activity of the Sybir Memorial Museum is to develop, protect and provide access to collections documenting the fate of Polish citizens exiled and deported to Siberia and the settlement of Poles in Russia and the USRR. During the four large-scale deportations organised in the 1940s, about tens of thousands of inhabitants of Białystok and its surroundings were deported to Siberia and Kazakhstan. Practically, every fifth inhabitant of Białystok “disappeared” from his or her apartment, house, courtyard, street or square…
The building of the new Siberian Memorial Museum was located in pre-war military warehouses. It was there that the arrested population was grouped, and transports to the East departed from the nearby Poleski railway station (today Białystok Towarowy). Deportations to Siberia and Kazakhstan have hit Poles living in the eastern territories of Poland most strongly. In Białystok, the memory of them is still alive.
The body of the museum building is raw, and its basic building material is concrete and glass. Construction works were completed in November 2019 (main contractor: Budimex) and the next stage is the construction of a permanent exhibition. The exhibition was designed by the Brussels company Tempora, which previously worked, among others at the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk.
The exhibition will consist of two parts. The first one: the travel, the second: the life in exile and is to be a mixture of traditional forms of communication with multimedia.
We will enter the exhibition itself through the wagon, watching projections of marching exiles. At the beginning, visitors will learn about the details of deportations to Siberia during the tsarist Russia. Then they will learn about deportations in Soviet times: the Gulag system and deportations during World War II. On the first floor, the everyday life of the Siberian hybrids will be presented: in the years of Tsarist Russia, in labor camps, condemned to forced settlement.
Microcement floor in a museum
The museum is to be opened to visitors at the end of 2021. We will then show you how the microcement floor looks like in a ready museum. Today, however, we present a few photos taken after the floor works. The floor with an area of approx. 5000 m² was applied by the Poler System, a company which specializes in the implementation of modern thin-layer floors, decorative concrete floors and industrial floors. The Poler System team has already completed many large and prestigious projects, and this time they did not disappoint either.
They used FESTFLOOR Life microcement (color GR3 and GR2) and PU FEST Turbo , an ultra-strong sealer designed especially for use in public buildings. Thanks to the varnish, the floor has gained the highest resistance so important in places exposed to intense pedestrian traffic (Read also: What varnish for microcement to choose).
The floor is very similar to burned polished concrete, but it is much easier and faster to make. It does not even require the use of heavy equipment, and the curing time is several times shorter. You also don’t have to worry about cracks, which are the scourge of traditional concrete floors (Read also: Microcement floor vs polished concrete floor – what to choose?).
We invite you to view photos 🙂