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Revitalization of Streets in Rybnik

Architectural Renewal in Poland – new public realm design by Toprojekt

17 Jan 2020

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

Location: Rybnik, Silesian Voivodeship, southwestern Poland

Design: Toprojekt, Architects

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets, Rybnik, Poland

In the Middle Ages, Rybnik was a fishing settlement located at the intersection of important trade routes from Wrocław and Racibórz through Oświęcim towards Kraków and from the Czech Republic through the Moravian Gate into the interior of the country. After years, the east-west direction, at which the Market Square was established.

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

The section between the market and the fork of ul. Powstańców and Mikołowska were tightly encapsulated in the early stages of the city’s development. This is where most of the shops and services were located that did not fit in the market.

3d modelling:
Rybnik street public realm model

At the end of this development was the construction in the years 1903 – 1906 at the aforementioned fork of the streets, the largest church in Upper Silesia, the neo-Gothic St. Peter’s Basilica.

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

Developing a strategy that would result in attracting as many residents, tourists and private investors as possible to the revitalized part of the city was the main purpose of the study. The complete area of intervention is divided into smaller segments of streets with five main squares at specific intervals namely the Entry Square, the Square of Light, the Transition Square, the Opowieści Square, and the Water Square.

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

Names have no administrative significance but only reflect the functional and compositional features of these spaces. The new communication system has been designed on the principle favoring pedestrian, bicycle and public transport in the city center with the admission of limited private road transport and the elimination of transit traffic.

Rybnik’s urban public realm before & after renewal:
Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

The architectural language used for the flooring of the area needed the development of a special tool that could describe the directions and degrees of a dip in the two-surface area. Besides, the tool showed the difference between the old and the planned square surface. Every change in geometry generated automatically all drawings describing the features of the designed surface.

Before and after:
Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

Thanks to this, it was possible to meet these two seemingly mutually exclusive conditions. As a result, the flooring material used for the streets and the square became rectangular-shaped stone pieces whose increase or decrease in the density defines a street from the squares.

Tired, dull public realm prior to renewal:
Revitalization of Streets in Rybnik, Poland, by Toprojekt

Revitalization of Streets in Rybnik, Silesia, Poland, by Toprojekt

The inauguration of the promenade was a spectacular success. Some elements were implemented by independent designers who, unfortunately, were not familiarized with the idea for all revitalization activities. The schedule for further activities in this area is unknown. However, children running around the fountain as soon as the sun shines and the people who sit at the fountain, when the rest of the city is empty, let you think that it might have been worth it.

Before:
Revitalization of Streets in Rybnik, Silesia, Poland, by Toprojekt

After:
Revitalization of Streets in Rybnik, Silesia, Poland, by Toprojekt

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets – Building Information

Project Name: Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets
Client: City of Rybnik
Architecture Firm: Toprojekt

Location: Rybnik
Status: Completed
Project start date: 2012

nighttime water lighting:
Rybnik street renewal nighttime water lighting

public realm lightshow:
Rybnik street public realm lightshow

Design team:
Marek Wawrzyniak
Joanna Wawrzyniak
Karol Wawrzyniak
Katarzyna Mazurek
Marek Lis
Weronika Podufalska

Consultants: DMK Inżynieria Sebastian Adamski

Rybnik street fountains public realm

Photo credits: Wacław Troszka

Website: http://www.toprojekt.com/

Address: Pomnik Jana Pawła II w Rybniku, 44-200 Rybnik, Poland

Revitalization of Powstańców & Sobieskiego streets in Rybnik

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