With a tender to find a contractor already announced, further plans have been revealed to transform Pl. Defilad into an urban oasis.
Currently seen as one of Poland’s worst examples of ‘concrete-osis’, the grey tundra surrounding the Palace of Culture is in the process of undergoing a metamorphosis, thanks largely to the ongoing construction of a new Museum of Modern Art.
However, this stands to not be the only change the area will experience. Winners of a competitive process organized by City Hall, plans to fill the space between the museum and the palace have already been devised by the AA Collective architectural studio.
Notably, their blueprint envisions lawns positioned exactly where tenements stood before being pulled down to make room for Stalin’s monstrous gift to Warsaw. Pavements, meanwhile, will be laid where streets once stood.
According to City Hall, the surface of the new square will be covered by six types of stone, with different colors used to mark out former courtyard spaces and suchlike.
Moreover, the city has promised several thousand square meters of grass as well as over 40 types of perennials, 11 species of shrubs and over 70 trees.
The project falls under the scope of City Halls campaign to create ‘a new center for Warsaw’, a bold investment that has sought to reabsorb the center into the city’s daily life by making it more user-friendly than ever before.
(Images: AA Collective)