Our main goal in this project was, while proposing a well-developed district, to solve the social problems that can be spotted in the area. Every worker of this industrial sector spends (at least) over 30% of his life doing his job. He leaves the area in a bad mood, usually disappointed with the effects he achieved. At the same time, these workers are one of the biggest groups of users of this space and they are not leaving this place any time soon. Hence being a target for anyone willing to invest in the area.
Our main idea is called “Trans-socialization”. New designed district connects on its borders to the existing industrial area. We want this two different worlds to overlap each other, so they could exist together and not side to side.
In urban development, we designed area easily approachable from every side, with the old heat plant as a central point of the shipyard. We wanted to fill the space with some kinds of activities that is common for everyone, like food, sport, music or party. To make it more attractive for visitors, we proposed to simplify the pedestrian communication from the train station and to design a clear and visible entrance with inviting public space in the front. As in our opinion the best way to experience the city is by walking or biking, we split the new designed office area into two spaces, divided by a promenade. This is the main axis of our proposition. Main car and truck line is kept in the north part, with slow traffic in the south – in order to limit noisy areas to as least as possible.
Area will be mainly offices and laboratories oriented, with a little amount of hotels and other functions, that could generally be described as nightlife. As the presence of people is very important to either make a profit or to make this area living and friendly, we want it to work also during the night. That is why after the day shift is over we want this area to become recognizable as a party place. Urban development is as dense as possible. The problem of car parks was solved by designing 3 multi-floor car parks in different points.
Architectural concept of the heat plant was to make it a hub for any activity in the area. Large opennings connect the ground floor with an important, green public space in the south of the building. It is working also as a public area, like a pedestrian street itself. . The idea was to make people “flow” under the building while they are rushing after their everyday tasks (like lunch etc.) The first floor should become a cultural place, with area for exhibitions or educational programs. The rest of the building should fit into the new conditions. As area development goes, it is not possible to predict future-formed demands, so we should leave some gaps for people who might want to use them.
how does it work?
Use existing axes and create new one - from the entrance to the heat plant. Improve the entrance area and make this place easily approachable from the city.
Heat plant as a center point of the concept, providing "flow" of people - the gorund floor is transformed into a huge, street-like public space