The Kobierzyn district is a chaotic mixture of scales, colours and concrete. With one-family houses on the South and eleven story high residential buildings on the North. The condition was caused by a rapid urbanisation of the land with no masterplan or one holistic idea. The consequancs are numerous – lack of greenery in the district, isolation from the city center, difficulties in transportation and only residential function without any facilities such as schools or kindergartens.
The priority was to create a district surrounded by greenery, with air corridors which would help with ventilation of the area.
The district should be in a scale suitable for pedestrians and cyclists. The public transportation should be the easiest way to communicate with other parts of Kraków.
An introduction of mixed functions is a must.
The buildings are designed with a gradation of heights to create a smooth transition from the huge residential buildings on the North to one-family houses and hospital buildings on the South. West and East side of the area is designed to create a border between the district and the noisy roads surrounding it. That is why bulidings planned on those sides are higher and filled with commercial functions.
The district is decentralised – meaning there is no one fixed center but a variety of spaces with commercial and recreational functions. They are all connected by a passage marked with a small rivulet and water ponds.