Best-known for authoring the design of BUW’s stunning rooftop garden, landscape architect Irena Bajerska has died at the age of 78.
Nicknamed Zieleniara because of her devotion to greenery, Bajerska is also credited with the creation of the ‘mountain of plants’ in the Powsin Botanical Gardens as well as numerous projects in Ursynów.
However, it is the BUW park that has come to be considered her defining work. Hailed as “one of the largest and most beautiful rooftop gardens in Europe”, the project was implemented nineteen years ago. Divided into two sections – a lower part and an upper part – the park helped elevate the Powiśle district long before the district became fashionable.
Now firmly ensconced as one of the area’s greatest treasures, it was described by art historian Marta Leśniakowska as acting as “a symbolic keystone between culture, nature and the cosmos.”
Wandering its sloping metal walkways and leafy alcoves, its easy to let the day drift away. Infilled with the granite sculptures of Ryszard Stryjecki, silvery willows, miniature apple trees and vine encrusted pergolas, it is a park with no equal.
Completed by a rich spread of water features and a viewing platform offering spectacular sightlines of the riverfront, it’s particularly powerful when scarlet sunsets settle over the Wisła right ahead.
Quite simply one of Warsaw’s most beautiful enclaves, it’s a striking, magical tribute to the talents of Bajerska.