Entrance to Warsaw
Zarząd Zieleni m.st. Warszawy
public space, leisure
41 789 sqm
competition, honorable mention
Mateusz Adamczyk, Natalia Kowalska, Agata Woźniczka (authors), Anna Biela, Karol Wawrzkiewicz
Entrance to Warsaw
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The entrance to Warsaw is utilitarian, but also multi-functional communication trajectory – a longitudinal connector of nearby streets and communication hubs with the Palace of Culture and Science and newly created pocket squares dedicated to differentiated urban activities.
A chosen formal language emphasizes a superior goal of the project – to ease traffic circulation on the project area. The pathways width is adjusted to the flow of people; dynamic appearance and streamline character of urban detailing inscribe progressive dynamics of the capital city.
The design enables creating remote localities and building social connections – that is why we introduced various pocket public spaces along (both inside and outside) the main communication route. Existing ‘Patelnia’ (the metro square) was ergonomically revamped, alleys along the main route got various functional purposes while diversified greenery was introduced to enforce the urban biotope and fight the pollution. Observing the existing routines, we established a green waiting area at the west end of the main boulevard and a meeting square in between the buildings of the Downtown Railway Station.
Aiming at being sustainable, the project reused some finishing materials, introduced green tech into the site and planned on renovating dedicated street furniture designed by Jerzy Sołtan to replace the existing generic selection of benches.
Our design manifests the city velocity and reflex – also one of reacting to the changing needs and aspirations of the society. The project emphasizes actual complexity of forms and place’s history. The entrance to Warsaw is a public showcase of desired characteristics: inclusivity, sustainability, openness and forward-thinking.