Portova – another showcase in the City Centre?

This year sees work commencing on the construction of another high rise building situated in the area of the City Centre by the Sea. The architecture of the 17-storey building which has bright and geometric facades is a fusion of the contemporary with modernist elements, something which already constitutes a recognisable feature of Gdynia.

The Portova will be built at the intersection of Węglowa, Wenda and Portowa Streets, enabling the residents to have access to the city amenities in close proximity to the beach and the sea. It is an ideal location for active people, enthusiasts of urban living, which at the same time provides the opportunity to relax at the nearby Nadmorski Boulevard.
There will be 271 apartments in the building. The ground floor will house several commercial premises. The residents will have at their disposal, among other things, a fitness club with weight and circuit training rooms, sauna and a children’s play area. Apart from small private gardens, all residents will have access to spacious inner courtyards.

The project has been designed by Studio Kwadrat Architects. Construction will be undertaken by Invest Komfort – a Tricity developer. The construction project will take place in the second half of 2017. Completion is predicted for the end of 2020.

Gdynia – a city with a vision

Real Estate Impactor, a two-day real estate congress, organised in Gdynia by the Rzeczpospolita daily, devoted to the contemporary challenges facing this sector’s development, has just come to its conclusion.

 

The event brought together experts and specialists from the real estate field, who in the two days attempted to find an answer to the question of how socio-demographic changes influence the development of new formats in the area of real estate and to assess the degree to which the challenges of today’s world influence the business environment. On the first day, the panellists also considered global challenges as seen from the perspective of the real estate sector. On the second day of the congress, Gdynia president Wojciech Szczurek participated in a discussion focusing on local government officials as those who accelerate the pace of urban development.

 
The globalisation of the economic trends which dominate the real estate market constitutes an essential factor influencing urban development – stated Wojciech Szczurek, Gdynia’s president during an interview with Rzeczpospolita journalist, Karolina Kowalska. – As seen from the local government perspective, the possibility of entering discussions on what drives this development, and utilising the experience of professional investors, is an opportunity to discover the best path to success. Proceeding on this path, there is always the public interest to be considered on the one hand, that is the needs of the residents, and on the other – the developments, which constitute the fuel of economic development.

Office building at Wendy 15

Morska Agencja Gdynia (MAG) completed the reconstruction of an old warehouse located at Wendy 15, which was transformed into a modern office building.

Morska Agencja Gdynia has specialized in transport in logistics for 65 years. The reconstruction of the old warehouse was started two years ago in May 2015. One of its parts located in the rear area of the main building was transformed into a six-story office building with a rental area of approx. 5 thousand square meters. Commercial areas of approx. 300 square meters are located on the ground floor. Office premises of area ranging from 300 to 790 square meters are located on higher floors. New tenants have already started to move in. A reconstruction of the front part of the building, a central office of MAG, is planned for this year as well. The aim is to adjust it to the new part of the office building.

The attractiveness of the Sea City

Designers, representatives of credit institutions as well as administrators of housing cooperatives from Hamburg admired the modernism of Gdynia and development projects in the Sea City.

 

The areas of the Sea City as well as plans of its restoration arouse interest among experts specializing in the development of urban space. On 7 April 2017, a group consisting of 25 representatives of a community, which since 1980 has gathered people operating in the field of properties in Germany, starting from design, through property management to financing, visited Gdynia. Under “Housing dialog” program, each year they visit selected European cities. This year, they came to Gdańsk and Gdynia.

The visitors saw modernist buildings in Gdynia and visited new areas of the Sea City under modernization as well. Marek Karzyński, Head of the Land Management Office in Gdynia, provided the visitors with the information on the development plans for this part of the city. The visitors were impressed by a miniature model presenting the development of the City Center which is available in InfoBox in Gdynia.
The visitors also met with the architects of post-shipyard areas – Wojciech Targowski from Fort Architekci as well as Zbigniew Reszka and Michał Baryżewski from ArchDeco – who provided them with the latest ideas of development for this area.

Polish City of the Future

Gdynia has become the Polish City of the Future 2017/2018 in the opinion of the fDi magazine belonging to the Financial Times group. The Mayor of Gdynia, Wojciech Szczurek, collected this prestigious prize during the investment market in Cannes.

Gdynia received the title of the City of the Future in medium-sized cities category for the second time in row. It also received 9 accolades in other categories. The fDi Intelligence internet portal collected data in five categories: economic potential, business facilities, human capital and lifestyle, profitability, and infrastructure and communication. The research determined 50 best Polish cities fulfilling the criteria of fDi Markets projects.
“Gdynia placed very well in the ranking, achieving first place among medium-sized cities,” said Courtney Figar, the editor-in-chief of fDi Magazine. “Economic potential, business friendliness and infrastructure were highly rated. It was pointed out in the justification that, as a place for investments, Gdynia has many strong, specific advantages. The city also undertakes actions for the purpose of economic development and supports innovations. Despite challenges, it works hard to create a competitive brand on the global investment market,” added the editor-in-chief of the magazine.
“The ‘City of the Future’ title that was awarded to Gdynia for the second time provides reasons for great satisfaction because it indicates that we achieve planned effects. It is also an acknowledgment of the efforts of the whole self-government community that are put into the modern development of Gdynia”, commented the Mayor of Gdynia, Wojciech Szczurek, immediately after collecting the award. “Economic potential, business conditions, innovativeness, investment climate and level of living were very highly rated by an independent group of professionals, international experts. The fact that we placed first again indicates that we chose the right development path and that our goals are consciously selected and we can implement them effectively.

The Sea Towers above Gdynia

The Sea Towers — two characteristic towers of Gdynia have been welcoming tourists sailing to Gdynia for eight years already. Today, no one can imagine Nabrzeże Prezydenta (The President’s Wharf) without these grey skyscrapers.

The construction of the Sea Towers was completed on 28th February 2009. Three years earlier, in 2006, the cornerstone was laid. The modern building is located merely twelve metres from the Bay of Gdańsk, which gives an impression that it emerges out of the sea. Such proximity to the sea was the reason for prolonged earthworks because the land required hardening and densification of the ground.
The skyscrapers were designed by Andrzej Kapuścik’s architectural studio, and the Invest Komfort SA company was the investor.
Until the Sea Towers were built, one of Gdynia’s districts, Kamienna Góra, which is situated on moraine hills, had been the highest observation point here. One of the towers has 29 floors, the other — 38. On the last floor, there is a panorama terrace, from which you may admire the Hel Peninsula and most of the Tricity. The Sea Towers were a foundation stone of the new part of the city, Śródmieście Morskie (Sea City), which is growing on the post-shipyard area.

Gdynia in Cannes

Gdynia will be presented on the world’s biggest property market – MIPIM 2017 in Cannes. Aside from an investment offer, the city prepared a promotional spot, which will be displayed for three days on a LED screen located nearby the famous Carlton Hotel.
Gdynia will participate in the market from 14th to 17th March this year as part of the Invest in Pomerania metropolitan stand. The city has prepared a specific offer for investors this year. The self-government plans to recruit entrepreneurs interested in building hotels in Śródmieście Morskie (Sea City). The offer will be presented by Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia concerned with economy matters.

 
Gdynia will also present its promotional spot entitled “City of the Future”, showing tourism and economic values of the city. It will be the only such a Polish presentation during the market. Apart from Gdynia, materials concerning the following will be displayed: Catalonia, Dubai, Istanbul, West Yorkshire region, as well materials from Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Abu Dhabi. The most important event of the market, however, will be the receipt of the “City of the Future 2017/2018” prize, awarded to Gdynia by fDi Magazine. The prize for Gdynia for winning the category of medium-sized cities will be collected by the Mayor of Gdynia, Wojciech Szczurek. It is the second such prize awarded to Gdynia.

Gdynia on conference in Paris

Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia, presented proposals for the development of Śródmieście Morskie (Sea City) on an international conference organised by Urban Land Institute in Paris. The conference was held from 7th to 8th February 2017.

 
At the Urban Revitalisation Council functioning by ULI, the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia told about the development plans concerning former shipyard grounds of the city. She described the design for New Marina with a comprehensive hotel and conference complex, which will accommodate 500 sailors. She also presented the development proposal for Międzytorze (area between the port and the city centre). Ms. Gruszecka-Spychała told about the vision of Śródmieście Morskie as a new part of the city which combines residential, business and leisure functions. Gdynia was presented as an example of an active city aiming at innovations next to, among others, Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
The Urban Land Institute organisation consists of specialists from all over the world and, since 1936, it has worked for the creation of modern and balanced community. To this organisation belong over 35,000 members related to the real estate market. It organises many panels and conferences, during which participants may share their experiences concerning urban planning and creating a sustainable environment for city inhabitants.

Yacht Park with a building permit

The Capital Group of Polski Holding Nieruchomości SA has obtained a permit to build the luxurious residential complex Yacht Park, which will be erected at ul. Hryniewickiego in Gdynia. Soon a cornerstone will be laid on the investment site and construction works will commence.

Investment will consist of six 5-floor multi-family residential buildings located on the area of 6,300 m2. In total, 12,000 m2 of useful floor area will be built as part of the complex, including 135 apartments of the total floor area amounting to 9,600 m2. Premises located on the ground floor of the buildings will be used for commercial and service activity. Among investments carried out within the area of Molo Rybackie (Rybackie Pier), inter alia a marina for 120 boats will be built.
The investment’s completion is planned for 2019.

Source: investgdynia.pl

New office buildings by Rybackie Pier

Design of S.A.M.I. Studio Architects Mariusz Lewandowski and Partners won the competition for designing the architectonic and urban concept of office buildings with green area by Rybackie Pier and Sea Towers.
The winners defeated nineteen architectural design studios which sent their concepts of land spatial planning at ul. Hryniewickiego 10. Studios from Gdynia – WOLSKI Architekci and Arch-Deco – placed second and third. Studios PPW FORT & ROARK STUDIO won a distinction award for an original concept of green area planning.
The designs were assessed by a competition committee which consisted of chairman Krzysztof Rychlicki, the President of Dalmor’s Management Board, Vice-President of Gdynia Marek Stępa, representatives of Polish Architects Association and Polski Holding Nieruchomości SA.
When indicating the winner, the jury highlighted the advantages of the submitted design and appreciated “the high level of the solutions’ professionalism: functional, economic and aesthetic. The value of this design is that public space is planned in an interesting way, and the size of patio corresponds to the buildings’ scale (…) Peaceful, timeless architecture of buildings needs to be highlighted (…),” said the competition committee in its justification.
The authors of the victorious design stress that they wanted to combine as best they could the buildings’ architecture with urban space, “This is why we opened every corner and opened the buildings wide to the park. We also wanted to differentiate the building’s interior and exterior – we were inspired by a shell or an oyster, which is rougher outside and shiny and opalescent inside,” explained Paweł Pyłka, one of the authors of the winning concept.
The winning studio will now begin preparing design documentation. The beginning of construction works is planned for 2018 and will last for approximately 2 years. The estimated size of the investment is 25,000 square metres. The project entails a construction of office buildings and square spatial planning. Krzysztof Rychlicki, the President of Dalmor’s Management Board, which belongs to Polski Holding Nieruchomości, stated that depending on the market’s needs, the investor will make a decision whether the project will be carried out wholly at once or will be divided into stages.

“The competition was huge because 20 studios entered the competition, including great, experienced teams. This place is challenging and prestigious. As such, we are even happier because of the victory,” said Paweł Pyłka from S.A.M.I. Studio Architects Mariusz Lewandowski and Partners.