We are pleased to announce that we participated in the contest, the aim of which was to plan the architectural project for the educational pavilion alongside the land development concept, the recreational facility and auxiliary infrastructure in Golędzinów, Warsaw. The contest was organized by the City of Warsaw and the Warsaw branch of the Association of Polish Architects.
The idea of the project was to combine three aspects: EDUCATION, ECOLOGY and ECONOMICS. Therefore, we came up with solutions which are eco-friendly, efficient and educational for both children, adolescents and adults.
Photo 1. Pavilion.
EDUCATION, ECOLOGY, ECONOMICS
As for educational solutions, we have suggested a comprehensive programme of workshops to be organized in the pavilion and in the recreational facility, where knowledge is popularized through fun. For example, films promoting local fauna and flora can be displayed in the outdoor cinema, and visitors can take part in wickerwork workshops in the open air. Another architectural solution we have produced which combines fun and an educational aspect is a tourist farm where families can have a look at a rural way of life.
Ecology is also an integral part of the project and it manifests itself both in the already existing green areas which can be further supplemented with native species as well as in other projects carried out in this area, such as “Restoration of alluvial meadows” and “Pedal and swim”. Another important ecological aspect of the project is the use of organic materials (wood) for the construction of the pavilion and for landscaping. Furthermore, by implementation of a green-roof system and rainwater harvesting in our project, we have proved that we strongly support pioneering energy-efficient initiatives. Due to the fact that the subject area is located in the territory of Natura 2000 (nature protection area), special attention has been drawn to the protection of the habitats of wild birds by, e.g. locating the main attractions of the educational facility away from the riparian forest and designing the lighting system solely in the entrance area to the pavilion.
As far as economical solutions are concerned, we are proud to have introduced into the project our very cost-competitive and high-quality product – modular cubes :). Due to the use of prefabricated elements, our solution is both time- and energy-saving. Scandinavian methodology of implementing timber products which are non-planed proves successful as they are structurally strong and durable. Needless to say, treated wood ensures low maintenance during its life cycle.
Photo 2. Multi-purpose room.
The educational hall has been designed in such a way that the area it covers can be divided into two smaller parts. Consequently, it is possible for two lectures, conferences or workshops to be conducted simultaneously.
The educational hall is equipped with two screens which provide for live observation of wild birds. The pavilion uses the minimum space for communication, which in turn enables the use of the space available in the educational hall for recreation and learning purposes.
PAVILION AND LANDSCAPING
The goal of the project was to create a segmented construction for the educational pavilion which would be based on an innovative wooden structure providing for convenient adaptation of the form as the development and needs of the guests progress. Needless to say, it is possible to change the form of the structure during the installation as well as after the assembly of the parts since our simple but creative solution enables the existing structure to be extended by additional modules without the need to reassemble the whole construction.
Photo 3. Tourist farm.
Photo 4. Pavilion and the educational hall.
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