The south of Warsaw is a chaotic neighborhood with different architecture styles, varying building heights and a big amount of green areas that spread between them without any clearly defined shape and order. At some point, it stopped being a dormitory and more people started to settle there for good. Therefore, a necessity for a new city center with office spaces and retail areas appeared. The proposed form of the design by MJZ | Maciej Jakub Zawadzki organizes all these factors to bring some order into this chaos. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Most of the space of the existing site is taken by a shopping mall and its adjacent big parking areas. These retail functions mostly do not have appealing facades (which serve as big ads to sell the products) and big flat unused roof areas. In this case, they would serve as a base for the whole complex and their potential would be used to the maximum.
By extending the forest that lies next to the site, on top of this retail block and creating paths connecting the main surrounding streets a new public park would be created. The office spaces would be spread around this green development in blocks with different heights which would depend on the next surrounding neighbor. This would create a connection with the old housings and make the whole district more consistent and compact.