Danish firm Henning Larsen have been selected to revitalize the historical Imperial Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland with a 400,000 m2 urban development. The aim is to be bring new life to the old industrial site connecting it to the city center.
The Imperial Shipyard in Gdansk is located at the banks of the Martwa Wisla and Motława rivers close to the city’s historic center. The large scale development aims to revamp the shipyard with a thriving, mixed-use, inner city neighborhood by the waterfront.
The new plan is anchored by three urban spaces: The Plaza, The Park and The Dock. The Plaza will provide the city a new space to hold public events such as market days, ice skating, or concerts. The Park boasts views over the river and the city with a lush urban forest for people to enjoy outdoor life.
The Dock by the waterfront makes up the heart of the new development. It connects The Imperial Shipyard to Gdansk city center while making the waterfront accessible for people. Broad side walks, a large wooden bench element that doubles as flooding barrier, an urban beach and marina alongside facilities for kayaking are all part of the scheme to reclaim the Shipyard for the people.
Reinterpreting the classic residential Gdansk block, a number of new typologies will be introduced in 3500 units of housing. In these designs Henning Larsen emphasizes community by creating green courtyards and rooftops where neighbors can meet and children can play without danger of traffic.
The Imperial Shipyard master plan is developed in collaboration with A2P2 Architecture and Planning and BBGK Architekci for the owners of the Imperial Shipyard, Belgian developers Revive and Alides.
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