Gate to the City
Workshop for students of Architecture and Urban Planning organised by Warsaw University of Technology, ASK Specialisation Program in cooperation with Institute of Architecture and Town Planning, Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Polish Society of Urban Planners (TUP, O. Łódź)
Our students took part in workshop Gate to the City organised in Łódź. For three days, students were working on the development plan in front of the reconstructed railway station in the city center. They were working on complex structure, consisting of a set of objects, connected to a system of underground parkings and streets. The plan of local developementdefined quantity of floors and placement of junctions in the way which frees the ground level, enabling location of high quality public space.
Newly designed complex of buildings is intended as a landmark of spatial layout of New Centre of Lodz, joining Łódź Fabryczna Railway Station with the centre of the city, that is with Piotrkowska Street. By definition an object will join many functions, including commercial, administrative, housing, etc, to provide round the clock functioning and liveability of space around. This by tern will allow to animate the surroundings of the railway station and will become a visit card of New City of Lodz. Gate to the City, following its name as well as initial sketches by Rob Krier, is intended to join a historic part of the downtown and newly designed one. It should confer meaning to architectural settings, enhancing their symbolic and semiotics layer. The final architectural expression of the gate still remains open. Albeit it should stay in coherence with neighbouring squares and context of Lodz heritage. An exceptional character of multicultural, eclectic architecture of the city stimulates imagination and evokes creative design approach. Multifarious possibilities presented as results of the workshop should become an important input in the current debate about this part of the city, presenting formerly unrealised possibilities.