Five Corners Square / WXCA

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Five Corners Square / WXCA

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  • Area Area of ​​this architecture project Area :
    3486 m²

  • Year Year of realization of this architectural project

    Year:


    2022


  • Photographs

  • Manufacturers Marks with products used in this architecture project

    Manufacturers: Bega, Dasag, Hauraton

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Bartek Barczyk

Text description provided by the architects. Residents of Warsaw can now enjoy a new public space in the center of Warsaw. Before, it was a very busy intersection, not at all friendly for the residents. From now on, a square has been set up there, with 22 maple trees, street furniture and priority for pedestrians. WXCA is responsible for the design. This fragment of the city has been one of the busiest places in the capital for more than 100 years. Since the 1960s, most vehicles have invaded this space, slowly pushing out pedestrians, though they still made up a significant portion of those crossing it. This space has recently undergone a dramatic metamorphosis and a pedestrian priority urban plaza with mature trees and small modern architectural elements has been designed here. Vehicular traffic has been reduced to public transport and is only accessible to residents and firefighters. “Above all, we wanted to give this part of the city back to the inhabitants,” explained the architects of WXCA.

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography
© Bartek Barczyk
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Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography, Windows
© Bartek Barczyk

The new Five Corners Square was inaugurated on July 5 by the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski. The modernization works took more than a year due to its historic location in the city center. The realization of the project was preceded by public consultations and architectural competitions. The author of the competition concept is Kacper Ludwiczak who partnered with Michał Kempiński, responsible for other public spaces in Warsaw, including the Free Speech Square, eventually joining the WXCA team, well known for the Polish pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai which was honored by the international community. As the architects themselves acknowledge, the new square in the historic part of Warsaw posed a real design challenge.

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Interior Photography
© Bartek Barczyk
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© Bartek Barczyk

“We were determined that this bustling square would best fulfill its communication function for a wide group of users: pedestrians, cyclists and public transport passengers, as well as residents of nearby townhouses and street businesses and of restoration. service owners and customers. We have opted for uniform large-format paving slabs allowing easy passage in all directions. The colors of the architectural mixed-aggregate concrete slabs complement the color scheme of the historic facades of Warsaw townhouses adjoining Five Corners Square. The stone comes from local Polish deposits,” says Marta Sękulska-Wrońska, architect and partner at WXCA. Five Corners Square is a venue free of architectural barriers, such as steps and curbs, making it accessible to people with varying mobility needs. The space, in line with the CPTED strategy, has been designed to deter criminal activity and ensure visibility of the entire space so that all its users feel safe.

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography
© Bartek Barczyk
Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography, Windows
© Bartek Barczyk

“We didn’t want the square to be just a place of passage. We have designed it as a city living environment, a meeting place that can be enjoyed in the cafes, bars and cultural events that take place there. We also wanted to provide residents with a place where they can relax and unwind while taking a break under the shade of its beautiful trees. There was no vegetation here before modernization,” adds Piotr Łosek, architect and junior partner at WXCA.

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Interior Photography
© Bartek Barczyk
Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography
© Bartek Barczyk

The very fabric of this space has been transformed by the alignment of mature trees in line with the layout of the street, the street furniture, the drinking trough and the fountain, designed at the request of local residents. The architects found space for 22 field maples, which are part of the traditional Polish landscape. “It is also a species that thrives in an urban environment. Each maple was 30 feet tall when planted and they will continue to grow over the years to one day create a lush green canopy over the heads of pedestrians. The growth of the trees is possible thanks to the modern anti-compression systems of the root mass that we have designed to guarantee unlimited access to water and air,” says Michał Kempiński. The square also contains elements of small architecture with oak seats.

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography, Lighting
© Bartek Barczyk

“We want people to co-create this place, assuming that the place can be furnished according to changing needs. We have developed an urban furniture module combining the functions of a seat and a flowerpot that easily adapts to changing needs. The processes of observation, analysis and implementation of subsequent adaptations have been integrated into this square from the design phase. It’s like us, over time, choosing new furniture for our homes based on our current needs. The same applies to urban spaces, which are very similar to urban interiors. Even now we can observe how new life has appeared in the square and how it varies depending on the time of day. Cafes have already been opened and people are sitting under the trees to take a moment and relax, away from the urban bustle of the city,” emphasizes Marta Sękulska-Wrońska.

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Bartek Barczyk
Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography, Windows
© Bartek Barczyk

“The pandemic and subsequent closures have made us realize even more that we are a social species and that public spaces are extremely important to us. Five Corners Square is a democratic and open space that welcomes everyone without exception ─ a space that will meet our social needs,” says Michał Kempiński. The execution of Five Corners Square is one of the first steps in transforming Warsaw’s city center into a high-quality, functional, aesthetic and green modern space. The modernization of neighboring urban spaces has also been planned as part of the New Center of Warsaw project.

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Exterior Photography
© Bartek Barczyk

WXCA is one of the most prestigious and well-known Polish architectural design studios, often achieving international recognition. WXCA Architects are also responsible for the design of the Polish Pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai and the Warsaw Citadel Museum Complex housing the Museum of Polish History and the Museum of the Polish Army. Additionally, the studio has twice been nominated for the prestigious EU Mies van der Rohe award.

Five Corners Square / WXCA - Outdoor photography, cityscape
© Bartek Barczyk

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