An open international ideas competition had been launched to regenerate Warsaw’s decaying Warszawianka Sports Centre
Open to professionals and students – the contest seeks ‘innovative’ proposals to restore the landmark Modernist complex which has fallen into significant decay in recent decades.
The programme aims to transform attitudes towards the communist-era structure located in a green belt zone which is on the frontline of debates over Warsaw’s future development.
According to the brief: ‘This competition aims to regenerate the existing structure and constitute a thoughtful improvement to the intervention site.
‘In relation with the conceptual values of the original project, the new sports complex should be a combination of sport, art or architecture and the landscape, a project that will be fruitful for the development of the district and give rise to an appealing hub in the context of the city.’
Designed in 1954 by the Art and Research Unit of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts – the iconic complex is recognised as an important milestone in Poland’s post war architectural history.
Its design team included the painter Wojciech Fangor, sculptor Franciszek Strynkiewicz, engineer Lech Tomaszewski and the architects Zbigniew Ihnatowicz and Jerzy Sołtan who was an assistant to Le Corbusier.
Arranged around a series of terraced and a landscaped artificial hill – the phased development featured a 7,000-capacity athletics stadium, a 4,000-seat tennis arena, an outdoor swimming pool and offices.
It was constructed within a large green corridor known as the Warsaw Scarp which has been targeted for piecemeal redevelopment in recent decades.
Nearby landmarks within the Warsaw Scarp area include the picturesque Arkadia Park and the historic Fort Cze ruins and moat.
Proposals should retain the stadium, hill and scorekeepers building and consider commercial uses such as tennis courts, football pitches and a climbing wall.
An exhibition space, café, locker rooms, public toilets, outdoor gym, skate park and parkour course may also be included.
Schemes which enhance the location’s spatial qualities, improve the complex’s visability, maintain sporting and leisure facilities, and address the debate between ‘neoliberal’ private initiatives and ‘communal’ public infrastructure are encouraged.
The competition is open to all students and professionals in areas related to architecture who may participate individually or in groups of up to four members with multidisciplinary teams encouraged.
Judges include Patrick Verhoeven, principal at Mandaworks Architects; Tomasz Fudala, architecture curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and Maria Schirmer, head of architecture and construction for the city’s Mokotów district.
Submissions should include one A1 presentation board and a ten A4 page booklet explaining the concept.
The winning team – set to be announced on 8 October – will receive a £3,000 prize. A second place prize of £840 and third place prize of £420 will also be awarded alongside five honourable mentions.
The applications deadline is 23:59 PM GMT on 17 September.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information