New public space on Targ Weglowy in Gdansk \ GDYBY group

• October 15, 2013

01.MAIN TARG photo Wojciech Ostrowski 600x550 New public space on Targ Weglowy in Gdansk \ GDYBY group

courtesy Gdyby Group, by Wojciech Ostrowski

The idea of the new development and actions on the Targ Weglowy square came at a time when the parking function disappeared from the historic square, and nothing new has come on its place. Car-free space presented the oportunity to propose a new, organised public square, which the Main City in Gdansk lacks. City Culture Institute in collaboration with GDYBY group proposed temporary space in the form of urban grassland rooms, as one of the many possibilities of organizing this place and to inspire some subsequent actions.

15.PLAN grupa gdyby 600x827 New public space on Targ Weglowy in Gdansk \ GDYBY group

courtesy Gdyby Group

Form of the design was a result of its temporary character and a relatively small budget, but also a need to neutrally interfere with historical surroundings. The main idea was to drag the citizens into kind of a game, in which they participated from the moment they entered the square. GDYBY group designed a light modular OSB furnishings in a form of cubic boxes. Users had the oportunity to create their own little spaces in which they felt comfortably. Kids were creating their ideal playgrounds and geometrical compositions, while adults used cubes as tables, seats and space divisions. The whole arrangement was completed with natural grass areas which created „rooms” and gathered people around them. This intervention helped manage the considerable size of the square making it a little bit more cosy.

12.TARG photo Bogna Kociumbas 600x399 New public space on Targ Weglowy in Gdansk \ GDYBY group

courtesy Gdyby Group, by Bogna Kociumbas

08.TARG photo Bogna Kociumbas 600x399 New public space on Targ Weglowy in Gdansk \ GDYBY group

courtesy Gdyby Group, by Bogna Kociumbas

This universaly arranged space became a proper background for selection of events carried out by City Culture Institute. The citizens had an opportunity to eat breakfast together, spend the day on reading, relaxing and playing games and in the evening – watch a movie.

The essence of the project was very forward-looking and based on the principle of public participation. Residents of the city by adapting and arranging the space according to their needs, passed important information about what is needed in the square. From August 26 to September 4 Targ Weglowy Square turned into a place to discuss and share opinions about the role that it could play in the future.

+ Project facts

Location: Gdansk, Polska
Organization: City Culture Institute, City of Gdansk
Project and realization: GDYBY group (www.gdyby.pl)
Partner: Gazeta Wyborcza Trójmiasto
Patronage: Mayor of Gdansk – Pawel Adamowicz
Collaboration: Joseph Conrad Provincial and Municipal Public Library in Gdansk, Cafe Absinthe

+ All images and drawings courtesy GDYBY group

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Category: Landscape

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  2. […]  This is a short article about a public space on the Targ Weglowy old parking lot that was no longer in use in Gdansk, Poland designed by the GDYBY Group. I love that it’s centred around other cultural events that take place in the square.  It also reminded me of a really simple idea that was implemented in Florence, Italy while I was there. One of the bridges that spanned the river was lined with trees and bean bag chairs during the day. It was wonderful as sometimes, you just wanted to relax in the shade- so simple but effective! Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of it with the bean bag chairs, but here’s a photo where you can see the trees used and the people using the area.  […]

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