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How to shape good residential architecture? Answered by the Municipality of Włocławek

05 of July '23

Article from A&B issue 05|2023

CELULOZOWA PROJECT

Stage I

In 2022, the municipal company Miejskie Budownictwo Mieszkaniowe completed Stage I of the project in Włocławek—four multi-family blocks of apartments were built on Celulozowa Street, with 288 turnkey apartments (proj.: Euro-Projekt Grzegorz Łatecki). The buildings were constructed using prefabricated technology, with three residential units equipped with balconies on the floors. The floors can be accessed by stairs or an elevator adapted to the needs of people with disabilities. In the basement there are technical rooms, bicycle rooms and storage cells for each residential unit. Of course, as part of the construction, underground utilities necessary for the operation of the entire project were also built, and the area was developed with pedestrian and roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, greenery and landscaping elements, with four garbage shelters, as well as installations and technical facilities, a hydropower plant. There is photovoltaics on all blocks.

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Celulozowa project

© City Hall of Włocławek

The arrangement of common areas allows for independent orientation in space. Contrasting colors of the walls and floors, clear markings and pictograms, and directional signs (both in color and accentuated by the type of material or its texture) make it easier for people with disabilities, both in wheelchairs and those who are weak or visually impaired, to find the right path.

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Celulozowa project

© Włocławek City Hall

Stage II

Currently, as part of the implementation of Stage II of the project on Celulozowa Street, two more six-story blocks of flats are being built, also using prefabricated technology, with external infrastructure and facilities for people with disabilities (design: Euro-Projekt Grzegorz Łatecki). Ultimately, 144 apartments will be built (90 apartments in a five-story building and 54 apartments in a three-story building). All units will be accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, six apartments in the three-staircase building have been designed for use by wheelchair users. These apartments have additional amenities in the functional layout.

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Celulozowa project

© City Hall of Włocławek

In technical terms, the buildings will consist of five types of modules with similar external appearance and functional layout. In the basements, storage rooms will be provided for each apartment located in that module. Entrance to each cage will be possible from all sides (across), with one entrance intended for people with disabilities. The buildings will be equipped with passenger elevators serving all above-ground floors and the basement. Each elevator will make it possible to transport furniture, patients on stretchers and people with disabilities. Outside there will be gardens.

Elements of small architecture are planned at the blocks, including bicycle racks, benches, picnic tables with seats, a playground for the youngest, a recreation area for children and teenagers. Older residents will benefit from an outdoor gym.

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Celulozowa project

© City Hall of Włocławek

The designed sidewalks, internal roads and recreational spaces will have varied surfaces and levels, and real and symbolic barriers to the area will be introduced in the form of fences (separating the playground for the youngest) and rows of trees and other plantings. This will make it possible to visually distinguish smaller areas with separate functions and purposes from the space.

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Celulozowa project

© City Council of Włocławek

Włocławek City Hall

Other episodes of this series you can find here: How to fix Polish housing? We asked the experts

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