Design office JEMS Architects from Warsaw is the winner of the urban and architectural competition with implementation purpose for the concept of the second stage of the Gdynia Waterfront at the President's Embankment in Gdynia. The project will be developed by Vastint Poland.
Selected in a competition project involves the development of nearly five hectare area within the streets of Washington, Hryniewickiego and John Paul II. In the scope of the planned development residential buildings, offices, numerous service premises, two hotels with convention center and spa, and public buildings, including a multiplex cinema will be created. An important element of the concept are the passages along with the mainstream square and landscape architecture, which emphasizes the individual functional areas of the future development with an estimated area of 102 000 m2.
From the six submitted works, the jury, consisting of representatives of the authorities of the city of Gdynia, investors and international architects, selected the best in terms of aesthetic, functional and operational aspects.
Marek Stępa, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia, justifying the jury's decision, said: "The newly designed buildings are in harmony with the modernist architecture of Gdynia. In the creation of public spaces were used classic elements forming the so-called "soft borders" - as arcades and pergolas, so it corresponds with the surroundings. Public, yet intimate nature of urban interiors are characterized by a human scale, conducive to creating a good atmosphere and the "life between the buildings."
"The area between the streets of Washington and Kosciuszko Square without doubt is one of the most prestigious and important sites in Gdynia. Direct neighborhood piers of tourist attractions and a number of events that take place in the immediate vicinity, makes the planned buildings has enormous potential to become an important part of a public space of the city. We hope that by working in partnership with the City planned stage of the project will be completed in a short time. "- Says Roger Andersson, Managing Director Vastint Poland.
Vastint Poland received this year's Chairman of the City Council "Time of Gdynia" for the first phase of the project Gdynia Waterfront, which has been praised for its architectural value and model to enter the fabric of the city. The jury also appreciated the fact that the complex has contributed to the recovery of the city waterfront areas with the greatest potential, which have been converted from industrial areas in public spaces for the residents of Gdynia.