Eko Park Alegretto

Residential Development

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  • address: Warsaw, Bialy Kamien Street
  • total area: 17300 sqm
  • built: 2002-2003

This is served by the principle of “trust” which stipulates that in order to ensure the maximum openness of the spatial structure the number of assumptions adopted at the planning stage should be limited to the minimum necessary. Only the most relevant characteristics and parameters of the space were recorded as the large-scale guidelines, which allowed leaving considerable freedom in further development of the individual elements the residential development. First, the sizes of public and green spaces creating the system of linked spaces open and laid out taking into consideration the internal relations of the complex as well as the context of the environment were determined. In the zones earmarked for development 19 units – residential quarters containing from 100 to 150 apartments and the area for service and commercial development were identified. The main parameters that specify the density of built-up areas and outlines of the buildings’ masses were determined for each unit thus leaving its configuration for detailed resolution.

In the single quarter of the development a considerable part of the area must be taken up by open green areas. The consistent application of this principle to the entire residential complex as well as to an individual building is the specific feature of the development plan for Eko-Park Residential Development. On the residential development scale, the open areas that are generally accessible and evenly distributed throughout the entire residential development constitute around 25% of its area. On the building’s scale, the elements of nature and “added” space make up significant components of its architecture: (green roofs and walls, buffer zones around apartments). That way, the uniformity and similar proportions of the structure of the spatial mosaic are maintained at all three levels (complex, quarter, building).

In order to ensure control over the structure being modelled, during the design process a database linked with the spatial model, in which all the most important parameters of the development were taken into account (areas, heights, distances between the buildings, insolation, communication, size of apartments, garages, etc.), was developed. The continuous updating of the database allowed conducting the ongoing evaluation of the correctness of the considered alternatives for shaping the urban mass.

During the initial phase of the project the experiments involving, among other things, the scanning of the existing fragments of the city, modelling various cummulations and distributions of the programme elements or testing different typologies of the quarters’ arrangement, constituted a crucial stage enabling to identify the site-specific scale and density of built-up areas.

During the entire process of designing and executing the residential development, Kuryłowicz & Associates Architecture Studio was acting and is still acting (2007) in the capacity of the Chief Designer, whereas the development of the arrangement of individual quarters was entrusted to various teams of architects. More than half of the designs were selected in competitions in which both the renowned architectural studios and teams of young architects had been invited to participate. Despite a wide scope of discretion left to the authors of the individual fragments of the arrangement of the quarters as well as a considerable diversity of the design concepts, they make up a coherent whole and creatively contribute to the assumptions of the overall development plan for this residential development.

Eko-Park Residential Development Complex is the place of an experiment involving the creation of the entire fragment of the city in one investment cycle. Its shape has already been determined in full in the designs, and during the coming few years it will become a part of the real urban landscape of Warsaw.

Project Authors: Stefan Kuryłowicz, Piotr Grodzicki, Paweł Gomuła, Agnieszka Stefańska, Maria Saloni-Sadowska
Project Co-Authors: Tomasz Kopeć