Colonize Lublin | Square Design

Poland.

Brama is invited to design the center of Lublin.

The contest Litewski Square is a very singular point of the city: its characteristic lies in the possibility to consider the square as a ‘register’ of the historical, cultural, economical and social changes of the community.

The historical facts that built Lublin may be recognised in the physical modifications in the structure of the square, so the place and its colonisation by the natural elements represent a ‘multi-layered condenser’ of meanings and memories.

Our project proposal focuses on the theme of the contemporary approach to the public space.

Far from the temptation of the picturesque, the project pursues a research of a new form of possible dialogue between natural and human where trees and buildings growing up together, create a new public space, in which we can move and we can recognize our world.

We decided to propose a strategy for the whole city, which harbors the essential presence of the public space of power and public representation in the suburbs and throughout the metropolitan area of the city.

 

The monumental trees of the square offer during the summer days shadows and confort for the people. But during the nights of the long winters this place seems to a dark forest, a black hole. Our idea is to build ‘rooms’. Rooms of lights, colours and microclimates. Rooms that function like heterogeneous ecological subsystems able to engage unexpected relationship with the site, with the urban contest, with the past and, particularly, with the present. Rooms that change their performances along the blurs of the day and the night, the seasons, open to cultural and economics events that want to colonize them.

 

Architectural elements that are able to become icons of the urban landscape, objects exportable in the city and their surroundings to link them in a narrative texture, a zero-ground of writing, a code that we can reinterpret at the scale we live and we look at it. Rooms that find their energies from the sun, the wind and the geothermal resources. Rooms that work like ‘fragments’, or seeds that natural and social instances move through the city, specking of us, of our ways to look at the present in everyday life. Rooms characterized by their ‘resilience’, an attitude of the proposed form to adjust to internal and external processes. Built forms that renounce to be solved in the architectural gesture, open to the contaminations of the practices. These rooms engage also a new dialogue with the historical monuments present in the square. We think to recover the past is necessary to recover the ground of new tales.

Forms that means icons, icons that means artworks: because the world will not be changed by the art but by the man the art have changed the heart.

In our project proposal we recognize different layers: The underground: the ‘casket’ where historical traces are kept and you can only imagine starting from delicate fragments we maintain, as a legend told in few words.

The floor: a layer where we recognize the movements of the city and the crossing roads. We propose to distinguish two parts: the ‘urban’ part and the ‘natural’ part.

On this ‘carpet’ we put few things: two main pedestrian paths, two light sheds in the opposite part of the square, elements used to build clear and permeable borders. Some small lights, like falling star open our imagination, a linkage with the deep sky. The nocturnal image of these urban rooms, suggest also a link between the sky and the ground, two places that are privileged places for the ancestral images of the world. Also the trees participate to the project: they are considered like ‘live green rooms’ dialoguing with the artificial rooms and supporting new atmospheres.

Verticality: trees/sculptures versus contemporary sculptures.

Horizontality: dimension where multiple layers are recognized and were we speak to the present with: light-paths and suspended pathways.