Competition entrants were asked to redesign the main square of Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish district. Nowadays, this is a vibrant area full of restaurants, cafés, and cultural life.
The design is inspired by 'the Void', the indispensable element of any architectural space. Therefore, the square which is well known for its magical ambiance should again become an empty space, occupied solely by inhabitants and guests. Accordingly, every modification should be carefully analyzed in order to preserve these unique values.
The emphasis on old materials and the traces of use constitute the basis of this project. Evidence of the long working history of the square in the form of worn paving slabs, repairs, scratches, and grooves from market stalls should be retained as much as possible as these are central characteristics of the square.
The only added features are a large corten steel container that functions as storage for market traders and street theater and, on the south side of the square, a row of the street stands made of steel and glass which keep the square tidy and function all year round as market stalls.
MAIN SQUARE IN JEWISH DISTRICT IN KRAKOW / POLAND
3rd PLACE IN ARCHITECTURE OPEN COMPETITION, 2009