EC Garbary

by AP Szczepaniak


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Designer / Architect: Artur Szczepaniak, Paweł Szczepaniak
Studio: AP Szczepaniak
Design Team: AP Szczepaniak – team Artur Szczepaniak, Łucja Noweta, Paweł Przybycin, Agnieszka Sobczak-Piskorska, Joanna Hnat, Aleksandra Ochman, Blanka Pisarczyk, Agata Tatarek, Agnieszka Balawender, Tomasz Kurczowy, Michał Zgorzyński, Paweł Szczepaniak, Agnieszka Szczepaniak
Country: Poland
Copyright: AP Szczepaniak Sp. z o.o. Sp. Komandytowa


Design Brief – ADCA2201056 EC Garbary project known also as The Ostrów Island will be located in the very center of Poznań city, Poland. The area is called the Ostrów Tumski and the development is to include revitalization and functional transformation of the old municipal power plant Garbary. In the immediate vicinity there is the Cytadela Park, the Market Square and the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Most of the area is surrounded by the Warta River and the City Canal. The proposed development is expected to mix residential architecture with built-in service facilities and office buildings. Offices separate residential buildings from the noise associated with located nearby railway line. According to the Local Master Plan, which guides the land development, Targ Węglowy situated in front of the Machines and Boilers Buildings will be the new center of this part of the island. The existing Coal Tower will become the architectural focal point and a landmark of the Square, in order to emphasize the industrial character of the area. In addition to the connection with the Cytadela Park, the residents of EC Garbary will use the central axis for communication, with a specially designed passage leading from Plac Węglowy through the power plant building to the viewing point. The axes of Plac Węglowy will ensure efficient communication of the Ostrów Island with the part of the city on the other side of the Warta River. The general idea of the town planning for EC Garbary area is based mainly on searching the best views for future residents. Some of the new residential buildings will be arranged with viewing axes overlooking the Citadel. The other buildings will be facing the riverbank with their core following the dynamic line of the central axis. The historical buildings of Ostrów Tumski, such as: the engine, the boiler room, the switching station, the water treatment plant and the pumping station, Roon Fort and the retaining wall will be refurbished and will be given a brand new life. A historic crane will be moved to Plac Węglowy and will give the area an industrial style and character. Lines, inspired by the former central heating ducts that were common for this site in the past, were used to emphasize main directions of pedestrian circulation and used in pavement finishes. When designing the building layouts, the designers also took care of the fifth facade visible from the air. Thanks to the variety of terraces and buildings overlooking the water, the project will offer very interesting range of apartments with the access to the embankment. The circular path leading by the river bank will allow pedestrians and cyclists to choose outdoor activities with the perfect view. The proposed development concept is a starting point for architectural solutions related to the historic buildings located on the site and the general guidelines for the future Local Master Plan.

AP Szczepaniak

AP Szczepaniak was established in 1999 by architects, the brothers Artur and Pawel Szczepaniak. Initially functioning as the studio of two architects, today its team includes more then 50 architects – qualified specialists. AP Szczepaniak specialises in the preparation of architectural and multi-branch projects in the sectors: residential, hotel, office and commercial services design inclusive of micro-apartmanets Architecture is more than the process of designing buildings for AP Szczepaniak. The company believes architecture gives it the opportunity to influence interpersonal interactions. The conviction is that its projects impact their surroundings.

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