Morska fasada Gdyni – legendarna idea i jej współczesne interpretacje
The Maritime Façade of Gdynia – the Legendary Idea and its Contemporary Interpretations
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The legendary project of the Premiere District in Gdynia conceived in the 1930s presented an enchanting vision of the maritime façade of the city. However, the realisation of that vision was broken by the outbreak of World War II. Today new urban plans of the district have been prepared, but the concepts they propose are debatable in many ways. Aimed at greater density, they are not satisfactory as far as shaping the maritime public space is concerned. One can clearly spot the three main “sins” of the new concepts. Firstly – there is the high, dark grey Sea-Towers building on the President’s Quay with its ground floor destroying the maritime boulevard and its back turned to the city’s public space; secondly - the new master plan introducing only narrow walkways through the densely built-up area along the Quay and throughout the whole urban quarter; and last but not least – the new project of the Cultural Centre in Europe’s Council Park, which forgets to open the visual perspective to the Yachting Basin nearby. In an architectural competition that has recently finished, a much greater understanding for the spatial values of the maritime public space of Gdynia was showed by the winning design of a hotel and office building to be located by SeaTowers. But unfortunately, the efforts of those architects who won the competition cannot compensate for all the mistakes of the general urban concept.
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