Timeline of the project "Visual Enhancement of the Port of Gdansk"
In line with the decision of the Supervisory Board, on 15 July 2013 the Board of Directors of the Port of Gdansk Authority SA commenced work in its new composition: Dorota Raben - President, Marek Pietruszewski - Vice President for Financial Matters, Jerzy Melaniuk - Vice President for Infrastructure. This event spurred the procedure of drawing up a new strategy of port development.
Providing a conceptual design for restructuring port operational quays and developing its land that remained undeveloped was inspired by the determined goal of creating a versatile port facility that would best utilize the benefits of its natural and geographical advantages. The Port of Gdansk was designed to comprise state-of-the-art cargo terminals tailor-made to facilitate trade exchange in a long-term perspective. Additionally, it was expected that doing business in the twenty-first century should take into account environmental considerations. A decision was made to replace the austere components of the industrial landscape with the elements stemming from the natural beauty of the seaside, its colours and shapes that induce positive emotions. A conceptual frame of the project "Visual enhancement of the Port of Gdansk" was developed and the PGA SA Board of Directors looked for partners to the project. Following numerous discussions and in cooperation with the City of Gdansk, hopes were put in the academic circles of three local universities.
The idea was that the Port would become a "plain-air workshop", with 16 groups of young architects and visual artists working together. The result would be a visual rendering of port quays as seen from the water, providing a coherent pattern of port's aesthetic appearance that would be explicitly recognized and identified with the Port of Gdansk.
25.02.2014 - Project inauguration meeting
On 25 February 2014, the working team appointed by the PGA SA Board of Directors summed up all the arrangements and stipulations, and initiated a matter-of-fact debate discussing the "Visual enhancement of the Port of Gdansk" project. A meeting was held at the PGA office at 18 Zamknieta Street, gathering: architect Grzegorz Sulikowski - Director of the Department of Urban Planning, Architecture and Monument Preservation at the Gdansk City Hall, Michał Szymanski - Head of the Office of Visual Enhancement of the City of Gdansk, and academics representing three local universities: Professor Lucyna Nyka (PhD, DSc, Eng Arch) - Vice Dean for Education Programmes at the Faculty of Architecture of the Gdansk University of Technology, Professor Andrzej Pniewski of the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Academy of Arts and Grzegorz Peczek (PhD, Eng Arch) of the Faculty of Architecture of the Sopot University of Applied Science.
The visitors were received by PGA SA President of the Board Dorota Raben accompanied by the PGA working team. A lively discussion brought about the unanimous conclusion that a project aimed at restructuring vast areas of the port and enhancing its aesthetic appearance would greatly improve port's visual attractiveness and strengthen the foundations of harmonized co-existence between the city's industrialized and residential areas. This would add a remarkable value to the identity of the European culture centre with a thousand years of tradition, which at the same time ranks as a world-renowned shipping hub.
A valuable advantage was seen in the involvement of students from local art, design and architecture faculties joining their efforts towards the project implementation.
Given the high complexity of the project which requires a large number of arrangements and detailed stipulations, a project consulting team was appointed, comprised of PGA SA specialists, headed by Jowita Zielinkiewicz. The team prepared a project implementation schedule and indicated commencement and completion dates for each stage of the project. It also specified the scope and division of duties and responsibilities, and set up a joint Competition Board including representatives of the PGA SA, City of Gdansk and the three universities appointed for the assessment of competition entries. The decision was made to organize the exhibition of awarded conceptual designs in the building of the Gdansk City Council, which would close Phase I of the "Visual enhancement of the Port of Gdansk" project, and to prepare guidelines for the announcement of the open competition for Phase II of the Project.
03.03.2014 - Boat trip for representatives of the universities
A group of researchers involved in the newly developing Project headed by the PGA SA representative made a preliminary reconnaissance trip along the quays of the Inner Port. As a result, the first photographic footage was provided, which will help research supervisors of partnering universities present the scale of the Project and its basic guidelines to their students.
07.04.2014 - Presentation of the Project guidelines
On 7 April 2014, the Conference Hall on top of the tower of the Harbour Master's Office in the Northern Port hosted a meeting gathering researchers, designing and monument preservation experts, and a group of students invited by the PGA SA who declared their interest in the Project implementation.
PGA SA President of the Board Dorota Raben presented the Board's vision of the Project and emphasized its difficult and multi-faceted nature, especially the complex ownership structure of the port land and the need to preserve all evidence relating to the one thousand years' history of the port.
Professor Jakub Szczepanski (PhD, DSc, Eng Arch) of the Gdansk University of Technology presented the "History of land transformation in the Dead Vistula estuary" and embellished his lecture with beautiful drawings of the Gdansk port from the time of its "golden age" in the 17th century.
Professor Lucyna Nyka (PhD, DSc, Eng Arch) of the Gdansk University of Technology described the mutual interaction between the city and its port in her presentation entitled "Ports and Towns - negotiating mutual relations". She discussed the examples of many-century-long tradition of port and town areas that is characteristic of Europe.
Another lecture regarding the "Revitalisation of the district of Nowy Port" was given by architect Grzegorz Lechman, Chief Investment Programmes Specialist at the Revitalization Office of the Department of Urban Planning, Architecture and Monument Preservation of the Gdansk City Hall.
The highlight of the day was the panoramic view afforded from the lighthouse tower of the Harbour Master's Office in the Northern Port, which is undoubtedly the most attractive item on the agenda for all those visiting the Port of Gdansk. Admiring the epic industrial landscape of deepwater terminals, industrial facilities and structures, the natural beauty of the Gulf of Gdansk and the architecture of the Old Town was further enriched with comments from PGA SA PR Officer Janusz Kasprowicz who hosted the visit to the lighthouse.
24-25.04.2014 - Boat trips for students preparing documentation
The large number of students involved in the Project required (in line with the shipping safety regulations) that two boat trips be organized along the quays of the Inner Port. Another stage was completed in the process of acquiring photographic and video documentation presenting the condition of land on the both sides of the port canal. Many of those taking part in the reconnaissance for the first time had the opportunity of getting a closer look at the areas accessible only to crew members on ships visiting the port or to sailors. Both study trips enabled the students to complete their photographic and video documentation which will be the basis for their subsequent conceptual work.
14-30.04.2014 - Building a scale model of the port
Students were divided into three groups*, with a task of building a scale model of the port. Using materials provided by the PGA SA, they developed a port structure model on a scale of 1:2000. The reward for their meticulous work, patience and earlier preparation was a scale model of exquisite beauty that cannot be conveyed by a one-dimensional photograph.
*(group number 1: Ewa Burzynska, Agata Chojnacka, Piotr Czerniawski, Aleksandra Fajfer, Agnieszka Franckiewicz, Małgorzata Jedlinska, Slawomir Orlowski, Dorota Zaborowska);
(group number 2: Hanna Studzinska, Marta Szpiganowicz, Gabriela Swirkowska, Magdalena Turowska, Karolina Urbanska, Mateusz Zlowocki);
(group number 3: Alina Chmielnicka, Magda Derdowska, Agnieszka Mazur, Natalia Miler, Anna Neumann, Mateusz Pach, Magda Pawlowska).
06.05.2014 - Handover of the scale model
On 6 May 2014, during the meeting held at the Gdansk University of Technology, the scale model was symbolically handed over to the PGA SA Management Board.
14-16.05.2014 - Artistic workshop
On 14-16 May 2014, the Gdansk University of Technology hosted the artistic workshop aimed at creating a vision for the "Visual enhancement of the Port of Gdansk". Attending the workshop, there were students delegated by each of the universities invited to participate in the Project. The three days of hard work under the supervision of the university professors and PhD students - and with the support of Port of Gdansk specialists delegated by the PGA SA - brought about preliminary conceptual designs for the visual enhancement of port grounds, which will be presented by each of the groups of students to the Competition Board on 23 June 2014.
02.06.2014 - Signing of the Agreement
On 2 June 2014, a Partnership Agreement regarding the joint implementation of the "Visual enhancement of the Port of Gdansk" project was formally signed. The Agreement was signed by representatives of each of the five partners involved in the project implementation, including Pawel Adamowicz - Mayor of the City of Gdansk, Dorota Raben - PGA SA President of the Board, Marek Pietruszewski - PGA SA Vice President of the Board, Professor Antoni Taraszkiewicz (Phd, DSc, Eng Arch) - Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Gdansk University of Technology, Professor Krzysztof Gliszczynski - Pro-Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk and Professor Teresa Martyniuk (PhD, DSc) - Rector of the Sopot University of Applied Science.
23-24.06.2014 - Presentation of the projects
On 23-24 June 2014, students participating in the "Visual enhancement of the Port of Gdansk" project presented the effects o their work. The Competition Board reviewed conceptual designs developed by 14 designing teams.
The Gdansk University of Technology lecture hall provided the venue for the presentations from students representing the Sopot University of Applied Science
- Marcin Lubinski, Marta Piotrowska, Dominika Stromska-Nowak, Magdalena Dloniak, Weronika Borys, Anna Krolikowska;
- Natalia Dobosz, Maria Kolomanska, Anna Brzoznowska, Agnieszka Gabrel;
- Aneta Grzyb, Anna Sciazko, Maciej Naskret
and students representing the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk:
- Marta Bzdel, Lucja Pawlicka;
- Angelika Sankowska, Kamila Zajkowska, Katarzyna Bzduch;
- Marcin Kasprowicz, Marta Klos, Agnieszka Smigielska
The Gdansk City Council conference hall provided the venue for the presentations from students representing the Gdansk University of Technology:
- Martyna Nacmer, Barbara Klein;
- Teresa Kaczmarek, Michal Paczek, Natalia Gawryluk;
- Anna Czapiewska, Robert Kowalczyk, Wiktor Magdziak;
- Anna Narkowicz, Paulina Kowalik, Pawel Nalewajski, Joanna Muczynska, Aleksandra Cywoniuk, Piotr Kurpiewski;
- Jagoda Gajowniczek, Julia Kaczor;
- Maria Mieszkowska, Zofia Olejniczak;
- Adrianna Bohdziewicz, Iga Brzuchanska, Zuzanna Kurylo, Katarzyna Pietowska, Anna Ptak;
- Ewa Marczewska, Julia Duch, Ewelina Jaszkowska.
26.06.2014 - Final session of the "Visual Enhancement of the Port of Gdansk" Competition Board
The competition for the best design developed under the "Visual Enhancement of the Port of Gdansk" study was closed on 26 June 2014. The Competition Board was composed of signatories to the Partnership Agreement, including PGA SA representatives: Dorota Raben, Marek Pietruszewski, Jowita Zielinkiewicz, Jacek Kulesza, Janusz Kasprowicz, Ryszard Mazur, Krzysztof Bortkiewicz and Dariusz Dulian, and City of Gdansk representatives: Grzegorz Sulikowski and Izabela Burda. On behalf of the Gdansk University of Technology, the proceedings were attended by Lucyna Nyka and Jakub Szczepanski. The Academy of Fine Arts was represented by Andrzej Pniewski and Rafal Setlak, and the Sopot University of Applied Science - by Grzegorz Peczek and Joanna Rayss. The Competition Board selected the most successful designs and the results will be announced on 7 July 2014 during the opening of the exhibition at the Ferry Terminal on Westerplatte.
07.07.2014 - Final of the "Visual Enhancement of the Port of Gdansk" competition
The Port of Gdansk Authority has announced Stage II of the "Visual Enhancement of the Port of Gdansk", an open two-stage study and execution competition the Participants will apply to take part in.
The preparation and conduct of the Competition under article 15.2 of the Public Procurement Act has been entrusted to the Management Board of the WYBRZEZE Division of the Association of Polish Architects.
The object of the competition is to develop the concept for the visual enhancement of the Martwa Wisla waterfronts along with the concept for the redevelopment of the designated waterside zones of the Port of Gdansk in accordance with the arrangements of the local area development plans and the spatial and architectural guidelines of the Port of Gdansk Authority SA.
In line with the adopted assumptions, the first stage of the competition will be completed by qualifying 3 teams to the next stage. In the second stage the winners will be awarded financial prizes of PLN 25k for each team that qualifies for stage II. In addition, the first prize winner will be invited to negotiate the execution of the detailed development of the competition design for the Port of Gdansk Authority SA.
The deadline for submissions for stage I is 14.12.2015 at 3:00 p.m.
As a result of the announced competition to develop the concept for the visual enhancement of the Martwa Wisla waterfronts in the Port of Gdansk, 15 applications were made. Having verified the applications for completeness, a board appointed by the Port of Gdansk Authority qualified 14 participants who were invited to present their works.
A total of 7 submissions were made and then discussed by the competition board between 17 and 18 December 2015. As a result, the board made a decision to select the 3 best submissions which had been developed in line with the competition rules and met the expectations of the organiser, i.e. the Port of Gdansk Authority SA, to the largest extent.
On 1 March 2016 the jury, which comprised the representatives of the Port of Gdansk Authority SA and the members of the Association of Polish Architects, selected the best submission proposing the visual enhancement of the Port of Gdansk waterfronts.
The winning submission was appreciated for its consistent continuation of the design assumptions adopted by the team in stage I of the competition, and the ability to use and highlight the assets of the area. The jury also pointed out the original terraced and amphitheatre-like spatial composition applied in the winning submission, as well as the effective and prominent combination of greenery and architecture.
On 2 March 2016, the results of the competition were officially announced and the winners presented. In accordance with the adopted formula of the competition, all of the submissions were encoded throughout its duration, hence the authors could be revealed only during the final ceremony. Based on the winning concept, a construction design for the area near the port entrance will be prepared, as the area development plan will be implemented in stages. As of now, mainly the area near the Duty Free Zone and the Capt. Ziolkowski Quay will be redesigned. The selected concept is supposed to chart the direction for the visual enhancement of port areas which, due to their nature, will ultimately not be able to be used for industrial purposes.
The best work selected in a vote by the jury was a project submitted by young Gdansk architects representing three studios: Restudio, Studio R, and Midi, who decided to develop a single project for the the port's visual enhancement for the purposes of the competition. Members of the winning design team included: Roland Kwasny, Maciej Jacaszek, Rafal Jacaszek, Piotr Karas, Artur Dubis, and Maja Smulska.
In accordance with the competition rules, apart from a financial prize, the winning team received an invitation to negotiate the execution of the detailed development of the competition design, which will form the basis for the implementation of specific visual enhancement works in the area of the Free Duty Zone and the Capt. Ziolkowski Quay. We will be able to see concrete results of these extensive works within the next two years.