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"Fraternal haven" - a student idea for a center supporting the proper development of children and adolescents

13 of May '24

Agnieszka Górska of the Faculty of Architecture at the Wrocław University of Technology has developed the "Braterska Przystań" project . Her proposal is a functional center, creating conditions for the proper development of children and young people. The author focuses on social problems concerning the re-socialization of young people.



© Agnieszka Górska

social problem

Socially maladjusted adolescents are usually sent to youth educational centers (YOIs), which, however, do not always provide effective rehabilitation. There are many reasons for this problem, including the condition of the juvenile justice system and the social conditions in which young people grow up. In addition to issues related to the legal system, the researchers highlight issues concerning the very structure of rehabilitation facilities and their operation.



© Agnieszka Górska

Agnieszka Gorska's "Braterska Przystań" may be the answer to the infrastructural problems of educational institutions. It is not only a conceptual project, but above all a vision of a place where children and young people will find the right conditions for free development. The center's main goal is to eliminate the causes and manifestations of social maladjustment, prepare its alumni to live in accordance with legal and social norms and enable them to function independently in the future. Through its architecture and infrastructure, "Braterska Przystań" offers users not only safety, but also a sense of respect and space for full self-realization. It is a place where young people can find themselves and develop, with a better future in mind.



© Agnieszka Górska

building surroundings

The plot on which the building is planned has a favorable location, surrounded by streets and sidewalks on all sides. The building lines have been deliberately set back from the plot boundary by about 4-6 meters, creating a green belt that acts as a natural buffer, harmoniously merging with the adjacent park. The inner yard has been designed as an open garden, accessible only to the alumni and alumnae, and inaccessible to outsiders. The design of the space was done with a view to maximizing users' contact with nature, despite their isolation. The garden consists of a variety of carefully selected vegetation intersecting three types of paths. Among the greenery are areas of floral meadows, and the paths are laid out organically, providing users with the feeling of being in an open space. In addition, the trees arranged in the center of the garden provide a natural curtain to hide the building, which is intended to alleviate the anxiety and fear associated with confinement, while providing a sense of freedom.


© Agnieszka Górska

architecture of the center

The main entrance to the center has been placed on an axis marking the center of the building, with additional side entrances for administration to facilitate the daily operation of the facility. The architecture of the building was designed to avoid the impression of a wall, a symbol of social isolation. Despite this, it is necessary to ensure privacy, due to the exposure of the building on all sides from a street perspective. The residential units were therefore placed on the upper floors, while the first floor of the building remained open only toward the center. In addition, the form of the residential units alludes to the character of single-family housing that dominates the neighborhood, which creates a space conducive to the creation of micro-communities.

modele bloków

block models

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types of spaces

Thepublic space, located on the first floor, to which everyone has free access, consists of a school zone and a sports and recreation zone, as well as an indoor garden. The semi-public space, represented by the terraces on the second floor, is a space mainly for alumnae and alumnae, where each residential unit has its own designated zone, with all terraces connected to each other. The semi-private space, on the other hand, is the common area of the residential units, located on the second floor, which can only be accessed by the residents of a particular unit. The private space is located on the second floor. This is where the private rooms of those living in the resort are located.

wizualizacja wnętrza

interior visualization

© Agnieszka Górska

"Braterska Przystań" offers an innovative approach to the rehabilitation of young people through sustainable use of space and architecture. It is a place where young people have a chance to develop, learning to live according to social norms and find their place in the community.

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