APG will create first Sensory Park in Wrocław
A Sensory Park will be created in the Oława River Suburb. It will be open to the public and will feature a playground adapted to the needs of children with disabilities. The first stage will be the design process supervised by a leading UK landscape designer.
Between Traugutta Street and the Oława River is a land lot surrounded by historical tenement houses and buildings. The Angel Poland Group, a real property developer pursuing its investment project – the Angel River apartment building – in the vicinity will, in the future, develop not only the land owned by itself, but also the neighbouring land lot designated in the local land development plan as a green and walking route area. It will build and finance a Sensory Park here.
“We want to reclaim this space for residents of Wroclaw, to give it a character, just as we have done with the marina along the Oława River,” says Ron Ben Shahar, Angel Poland Group partner. “We’ll create a Sensory Park that will stimulate the senses and will become an end in itself. It will be a pretext for expanding the network of routes friendly to pedestrians and cyclists enjoying the charms of the Oława River Suburb. It will also offer an infrastructure for children with disabilities and will be the first place of this kind in Wroclaw,” he adds.
Grażyna Adamczyk-Arns, the president of the management board of Wrocławska Rewitalizacja, is happy with the prospect of the Sensory Park creation: “The Oława Suburb is a unique area. It has an interesting history, residents who are emotionally attached to it, as well as many valuable places that are waiting to be utilised. Every initiative that positively affects the quality of life in the Oława River Suburb is valuable and this park will undoubtedly contribute to this,” she says.
What will the Sensory Park look like?
A unique opportunity to design this part of Wroclaw will be given to students of architectural degree programmes and of the Academy of Art and Design. All one needs to do is join the workshops conducted as part of the 7th “Green City” Lower Silesian Architecture Festival. Classes are scheduled to be held from 21 to 27 October. The main theme will be the design of new public space and the adaptation of space at the intersection of new and old urban tissue. The moderators will be experienced lecturers of the Faculty of Architecture of the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology and the mentors will be invited guests – Stephen Richards (Gillespies) and Mark Davy (Future City), leading UK landscape designers.
“The design workshops will bring together the forces of future architects and artists. In this way we want to start a public discussion and create a kind of introduction to the Sensory Park project. An important event will be lectures to be delivered by recognized international specialists in landscape design and placemaking philosophy,” says Maciej Dębski of EPR Architects, the workshop initiator and the studio that will design the developed concept of the park.
Inspired by the best
The workshops will be supplemented by lectures available to the public and given as part of DoFA by leading UK greenery and landscape designers. The workshop initiator is EPR Architects, an architectural firm based in London and Wroclaw, in cooperation with the Angel Poland Group, while the workshop patron is the Association of Polish Architects (SARP).
The jury will select the best proposals from among Sensory Park designs, while all the works will be displayed in public space. The Wroclaw residents will also be able to cast their votes for a selected project as part of the consultations that will take place in November this year. The authors of the best designs, together with the EPR Architects studio, will design the space of the new Wroclaw park and the project will be implemented by the Angel Poland real property development group.
For more information, go to: http://www.wroclaw.sarp.org.pl/pl/dofa/