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‘K1MHCPL ZONE. METAMORPHOSIS OF URBAN SPACE’ /

Honorary Award

location / Katowice, Poland
status / conceptual design 2005
site B plot size / 5,4 hectares
total development on site B / 71,886 sqm

urban rejuvenation

Mixed use city centre development consists of residential, commercial, educational, leisure and cultural functions. Proposed master plan connects two neglected sites at the city gates between train rails and bring them back to the city and community. Project was awarded for pro-ecological and sociological solutions in the Polish Competition of Małgorzata Baczko & Piotr Zakrzewski’s Award.

city centre of Katowice

existing site location

photgraphs

photgraphs of existing

The design task was to develop a master plan for a land adjacent to railroad tracks in downtown Katowice: ‘site A’ – lands at Sądowa Street and ‘site B’ of the former meat processing plants at Kozielska Street. The proximity of the main railway station, neglected ‘city-gate’ space along the rail tracks, no development plan and lack of any restructuring activities - all of this creates spatial emptiness and was the impulse to discuss the topic of rejuvenation of the area.

During development of the functions program for the area covered by master plan, analysis of the existing offer of Katowice was performed. The needs of the city and residents were determinants in the collection of data. Analysis of gathered data generated functional program, focusing on a single plot various functions: housing, sports, health and recreation, science and culture, commerce and entertainment. These functions became specific development plan. They were classified and recorded as functions ‘mhcpl’- ‘the midpoint housing and city points and lines’.

masterplan key greenpoint residential infopoint shopping arcade art gallery and mediatech

main functions diagram

EXISTING BUILDINGS CITY CENTRE RESIDENTIAL
see more ART GALLERY AND MEDIATECH
see more SPORTS AND LEISURE CENTRE
see more SHOPPING ARCADE
see more SILESIAN PROMOTION CENTER
see more EDUCATION CENTER AND BUSINESS INCUBATOR
coming soon

The aim of the project is to create a multi-functional development in the city center, which takes into account different types of citizen demands and to show how to fulfill them, for example subject to age groups. We aim for this design activity to become a catalyst - a symbol of desire to change and progress.

masterplan

masterplan

existing and proposed

existing and proposed

proposed masterplan

proposed masterplan

We wish the statement was made evident to expose city problems and to show how to exploit the potential of similar sites and to create successful and sustainable developments which serve man and their needs and reduce barriers to the environment they live in.

By our work we would like to protest against the current activites of relocation of the center of Katowice to the mall on the outskirts of downtown. We would like to contribute to the awakening of consciousness and to influence ambitions and emotions and more likely to provoke a discussion - an appeal to existing lack of action.

aerial views

aerial views