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Oliva design by BJK Architects draws on old journeymen's cottages

11 of March '24

Of the many former journeymen's and millers' houses on Kwietna Street in Gdansk Oliva, only three have survived to this day. The new development, which was designed by BJK Architekci studio from Gdynia, is intended to refer to them.

Kwietna Street in Gdansk Oliwa is located near the Mill Pond and the foot of Pacholek Hill. In the past, journeymen's houses were located here; the oldest references to them come from 18th century maps of the Cistercian Abbey in Oliva. The houses of foremen and journeymen were one-story, with gabled roofs with characteristic narrow doorways and low-slung roofs.

Nową zabudowę postawiła spółka Kameralne, projekt powstał w pracowni BJK Architekci z Gdyni

The new development was put up by Kameralne, the project was created by BJK Architekci studio from Gdynia

© BJK Architekci

A legacy of Oliwa's working-class history

As the local portal Stara Oliwa reminds us:

some of them survived until the 1970s, when they wanted to demolish them. Thanks to the intervention of Prof. Jerzy Stankiewicz and Franciszek Mamuszka, it was then possible to save the buildings - as a legacy of Oliwa's "worker" history. There was even supposed to be an open-air museum at Kwietna Street. However, subsequent economic crises consuming the People's Republic of Poland eventually buried this idea.

Nową zabudowę podzielono na dwa apartamenty

The new development was divided into two apartments

© BJK Architekci

Only three have survived to this day. Built at the end of last year, Kwietna 32, a single-family residential building with two family units, was intended to be a reference to them. The new development was put up by Kameralnie, the project was created by BJK Architekci studio from Gdynia, known for its projects, among others: Olivia Business Center (including the tallest building Olivia Star), Winter's Residence, Baltic Terraces.

with a touch of modernity

The neighborhood is strongly defined - it is a single-story development with sloping roofs. We wanted the building to be intimate, respecting the buildings of Old Oliva. But at the same time we wanted to introduce some modernity ," says Tomasz Janiszewski, founder of BJK Architekci, in an interview with A&B.

However, the new development has two faces. While the character and proportions have been maintained on the street side, on the gardens side, with the conservator's approval, the designers have taken the liberty of introducing larger, modern glazing. The result was large storefronts overlooking the garden, almost the entire wall of the living room is glazed.

Architekci zaprojektowali duże witryny z widokiem na ogród

The architects designed large storefronts overlooking the garden

© BJK Architects

We also wanted the conservator to approve homogeneous walls, and we didn't want to introduce a different look to the attic. The facade of the building is made of clinker tile. The materials were agreed with the conservator in detail, during meetings at the WUOZ we presented their samples. The Kameralnie company carried out the project with attention to detail, using traditional finishing materials: ceramic tile, wooden windows, or copper gutters, which are noble details , says Janiszewski.

The height of the new development is 8 meters. Each of the two villa apartments is 135 sqm. The built-up area amounted to 258 sqm.

Elewacja budynku jest wykonana z płytki klinkierowej

The facade of the building is made of clinker tile

© BJK Architects

Ewa Karendys

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