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An open and welcoming space - AMU Collegium Rubrum

Tuesday, 7 May, marked the opening of Collegium Rubrum of the AMU Faculty of Law and Administration.

The history of the building on Al. Niepodległości, a former Prussian artillery depot, dates back to 1904. At the beginning of the 21st century, it became the property of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, to create a new home for the Faculty of Law and Administration. The revitalised building, known as the Koszarowiec, is simple in form and functional. The revitalisation, completed in 2024, has made it possible to skilfully combine tradition with modernity.

- The Faculty has been enhanced with a new facility- just made richer - because this was no ordinary renovation. We have a lovely new space, both in and around the building. It is a highly open space, but also, a very welcoming one," said AMU Rector Professor Bogumiła Kaniewska.

- It was not an easy revitalisation, it was an ambitious project as the building is from a previous era. The success resulted from the excellent cooperation of all parties involved, including the Marshal's Office responsible for the project. It is one of the most beautiful revitalisations in Poland," congratulated Marek Woźniak, Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region.

A congratulatory letter was sent by the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Dariusz Wieczorek, which was read out by Urszula Nawrocka from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. "I am delighted that the commissioning of the rebuilt building of Collegium Rubrum coincides with the 105th anniversary of the founding of Poznan's Alma Mater. The expansion of the university's infrastructure is undeniable proof of the dynamic development of the university and the commitment of Poznan's academic community. I am convinced that the new scientific and research facility, together with the Wielkopolska Law Library located in it, will contribute to improving the conditions for studying, raising the scientific profile of the unit and enriching its educational offer". - Minister Dariusz Wieczorek wrote.

- 'In executing the project, we were guided by a concern to preserve the architectural heritage along with historical, cultural and aesthetic values, shaping the bond between human beings and space, bringing harmony between the past and the future. This temporal and cultural continuity, seducing with its authenticity and, as it were, romantic nostalgia, constitutes a unique, inalienable value of the old buildings and creates an exceptional atmosphere, inaccessible to the new structures," said Prof. Tomasz Nieborak, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

The building will be home to the Greater Poland Law Library, one of the best and largest law libraries in Poland. It has 250,000 volumes in its storerooms and combines the functions of a traditional and digital library. It will also be home to the Law Clinic of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University, where residents of the Poznań Agglomeration will be able to receive legal assistance.

- The new name of the building comes from the Latin word "rubrum", combining elements of art and law. It denotes the colour red, which can be found on the building's facade. Rubrum is also the initial part of a court verdict that predates the tenor, i.e. its adjudication. Thus, the name symbolically reflects the character of the Faculty of Law and Administration located there,' explained Dean Prof. Tomasz Nieborak.

The value of the investment is over PLN 46 million. The project was co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund and the state budget as part of the Greater Poland Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. The general contractor for the project was Alstal Grupa Budowlana.

Photo: Przemysław Stanula, Martyna Płaczek