We already know what the New Marina in Gdynia will look like. Construction work on the new building in Al. Jana Pawła II Street, which will house the headquarters of yacht and sailing clubs in Gdynia, a hotel, conference facilities, as well as cafes and restaurants, is scheduled to be completed by 2017.
On 28 January 2014, the results of the architectural competition for the concept of the New Marina building were announced. Four design studios competed for the main prize. Studio Architektoniczne Kwadrat from Gdynia came up with the winning concept. The jury was chaired by prominent architect Andrzej Bulanda. The calm, geometrical architecture of the design that refers directly to characteristics of the local modernism, but uses a contemporary language and technologies, was considered by the jury as the main asset of the winning design. The winners were awarded a prize of 15 thousand zlotys and were commissioned to work out a detailed design.
“This concept reflects the nature of Gdynia, a city located at the interface of land and water. The building will be used for purposes related to water on the one hand and will serve urban functions on the other, as it corresponds to our vision for the development of the Śródmieście district as close as possible to the sea,” said Marek Stępa, Vice-Mayor of Gdynia.
He also notes that in accordance with provisions of the local spatial development plan, the city authorities require that architectural competitions are organised for prestigious locations.
“This is a winning solution for everyone – both for investors and the city. Thanks to this, the architectural design of new buildings in Gdynia is of the highest quality,” concludes Stępa.
“The winning design involves a horizontal layout, simple forms and high functionality. Our concept builds on the idea of modernism – it aspires to be functional, without standing out from or dominating the area,” commented Jacek Droszcz, President of Studio Kwadrat.
“After long discussions, with strong support of the city, we arrived at a consensus with yacht and sailing clubs with which we want to set up a special-purpose entity in the coming period. In this way the clubs will be co-owners of the new building, and not only tenants as has been the case so far,” stressed Wiesław Kaczmarek, President of the Polish Yachting Association.
The costs of the investment project are estimated at approx. 100 million zlotys, and its completion is scheduled for the end of 2017.