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Anna Wilczewska - "OPENING - Municipal Water Sports Center".

14 of March '24
Technical data
Type: engineering thesis
Year of defense: 2023

Anna Wilczewska

Wydział Architektury Politechniki Gdańskiej
Dr. Piotr Marczak

Work submitted for the competition
"Best Diploma Architecture".

The main design goal is to create a building integrated with the waterfront, but above all friendly to people. The resulting form was inspired by the visible rhythm resulting from the structure of nearby buildings. In addition, particularly important in the process of creating the concept was the extension of the viewing axis to the water (topped by a pier) and the deviations resulting from the location of adjacent segmental buildings.

szkic ideowy

concept sketch

© Anna Wilczewska

The different parts on the first floor were developed as separate functions of the building, so as to ensure adequate horizontal and vertical communication. On the west side, the following were arranged in sequence: part A - yacht club (hangar and changing rooms), B - restaurant with reception area, C - local café and coffee roaster (public area). The second floor was designed as a hotel zone in parts A and B, while in part C a public space was created - a mediatheque and a conference and training room. In addition, on the eastern elevation, an external staircase integrated into the elevation panels was planned, which allows direct access to the workshop rooms or provides a daily meeting place.

plan zagospodarowania terenu

site development plan

© Anna Wilczewska

Such a functional layout allows efficient communication between the various functions. A gradation of functions by accessibility has been used: sequentially from part A the zones available to clubbers, then to hotel guests and residents, and in part C the café for all users. The designed restaurant and cafe open up to the water not only through direct southern exposure, but also through the possibility of going outside with tables to the promenade, extending the public space.

strefowanie funkcji, schemat

zoning of functions, scheme

© Anna Wilczewska

The exterior walls forming the gateways were tilted 10 degrees toward the water, creating intimate public spaces. Human scale-friendly urban interiors allow residents to spend time in constant contact with the water. The gateways form connecting passages with the function of public terraces above ground, which add lightness to the mass thanks to their openwork construction. What's more, they function as meeting places and establish new relationships. The aforementioned passageways are pedestrian passageways made of concrete slabs along with pots for low and climbing greenery. This gives the passageways a vegetative cover, which lowers the ambient temperature and protects against excessive heat. In addition, the passageways include an island with a tartan surface for the youngest, which, together with sailing ropes attached to a steel substructure, serves as a small play area, sailing ropes and small architecture in the form of benches.

aksonometria założenia

axonometry of the establishment

© Anna Wilczewska

The second floor, with hotel rooms and public spaces, was entirely covered with sliding panels made of recycled sailing ropes. Polypropylene ropes with a diameter of 30 millimeters were used, with a 16-strand weave, which do not absorb water, are UV resistant and do not lose their properties in contact with chemicals. The modules are placed in a steel channel frame, which slide by means of a roller on a channel guide. The ropes are fixed with stainless steel hook ends. The modules are based on dimensions of 118 by 570, which wrap around the block, forming balconies with a base of gratings referring to the port districts.

przekrój A-A i elewacja

A-A cross-section and elevation

© Anna Wilczewska

second hand elevation

The light and transparent character of the overhanging block blends in with the surroundings and does not contrast with the neighboring segmental buildings, but introduces greenery and enhances the skyline of the district. The assumption is to obtain ropes from a second circuit, which makes it possible to reduce the building's carbon footprint. Such a solution optimizes investment costs and gives the massing a lightness, it also refers directly to the culture of water sports, maritime industry. The effect of translucency, along with the possibility of sliding, makes it possible to provide privacy for users as needed.

schemat pozyskania lin żeglarskichwidok na otwarcie

sailing rope acquisition scheme and opening view

© Anna Wilczewska

The availability of ropes, which for some reason have not been used on the water or have been replaced after a little wear, is so great that the answer to the question of whether it is worth using panels with their filling is obvious. Searching for the material can be done online using sites where it is possible to search for deals, taking into account location, further reducingCO2 production. The use of alternatives and the search for less invasive means is essential today.

nadwieszenie jako przedłużenie przestrzeniwidok z balkonu - nadwieszenia

Overhanging as an extension of space

© Anna Wilczewska


Illustrations: © Author

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