The proposal by BudCud for the Osiedle Przyjaźń 2.0 is an innovative university campus located in the center of Bemowo district in Warsaw. Founded in the1950s as a habitat of small wooden houses, filled with an abundance of green areas, the campus is a crucial factor for city development. It is an element, which significantly affects the attractiveness of a district or even a whole city. While retaining its small scale character, their urban arrangement is clearly divided into function zones. Each zone works as a separate unit of a bigger network – sustainable, modern and pro-social estate. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The new campus consists of a housing estate with many different housing typologies, educational and commercial buildings, and one multifunctional building being ‘a year-round agora’. The in-between space is a set of differentiated public spaces. The estate is a car-free zone: cars are parked in underground car park below main public strip.
The new student dormitory is a vast platform, supplemented with additional vertical volumes. Revitalized wooden houses and new academic buildings fit inside the plateau. New volumes, serving as student housing, extend the ground floor height and overlook the public roof of the plateau. The arrangement of buildings on ground floor level repeats existing urban arrangement. It creates a matrix of interiors and squares, which are filled with functions appropriate for academic life and a district center. There is enough space for an eco-canteen, a library, slightly submerged gym, common learning center, conference rooms and commercial space for rent.
Multi-storey housing blocks, that overlook the plateau, provide space for 600 students in 1 or 2- person units. Each unit is equipped with a small kitchen, bathroom and a small balcony. Common spaces on each floor of a new student dormitory integrate students. The rooftop of the plateau is also a public space – lifted above the ground sequence of squares, arranged along the walking paths. It is an amazing viewing platform, oasis from city noise, place where people meet, talk and inspire each other.
The new academic campus in Bemowo could become Warsaw’s hotspot. Its localization, proximity to public transport lines (metro), expanded infrastructure of bike lanes, green and recreation areas, its commercial background and sustainable architecture can make Osiedle Przyjaźń 2.0 innovative and sustainable center for life, work and education.
Design: BudCud Location: Warsaw, Poland Team: Mateusz Adamczyk, Agata Wozniczka, Marcelina Kolasinska Client: Municipality of District Bemowo Program: Urban Planning, Housing, Culture, Commercial Area: 320,000m2 Status: Study Year: 2012