Paprocany Waterfront

RS+ Robert Skitek: Paprocany lake is the place where inhabitants of Tychy often spend their free time. In the neighborhoods of the promenade there is recreation center with many recreation and sports attractions. Remodeling of the recreational area at the Paprocany lake is another project focused on exposing values of the landscape and expanding recreational offer for resident of city. Concept is based on wooden promenade located along the bank which is alternately meandering out over the lake and back on the ground. That allows for a different perception of space from various spots of the promenade. Promenade connects with pedestrian/bicycle path running on the back side and descends nearly touching the lake where it is over the water. On a promenade there is an opening with a net stretched over the water and specially designed benches which could be used as a tribunes for water sport competitions organized on a lake. Whats more, there is new sandy beach and outdoor gym.

The main purpose in selecting materials was to emphasise the natural character of an area by using mainly natural materials. Part of constructions were covered by specially shaped land and planted with grass. To finish off the promenade area, benches and railings we used softwood. Other hardened areas such as bike parkings, places under gym equipment were made from completely water permeable surfaces based on mineral aggregates and EPDM granules. Sections of Promenade which are over the lake are constructed with steel beams founded on reinforced concrete piles hammered into the lake bottom. Terrain is illuminated only by energy-saving LED lights. Land development takes about 2ha on the bank length about 400m. This terrain was only a lawn by the road before an investment, in spite of landscape values, completely unused except by anglers. In the first weeks after opening despite the unfavourable weather, a promenade became a place frequently visited. It became very quickly fully working public space and new meeting place. During the day the promenade is a place for families and in the evening the space for dates or contemplation.

Redevelopment of the east side Paprocany lake shore in Tychy
Architects: RS+ Robert Skitek
Location: Tychy, Poland
Year: 2014
Architect: Robert Skitek
Cooperation: Jakub Zygmunt, Jarosław Zieliński, Szymon Borczyk, Marcin Jamroż, Dorota Zwolak, Katarzyna Wiśniewska
Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski

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