A Proposed Apartment Development by Franta Group Illustrates how Views and Panorama can Shape Design

Project Details
  • Location: Katowice, Poland
  • Architects: Franta Group
  • Area: 8339.38 sqm
  • Number of apartments: 151

The VIDOK Apartments project designed by Franta Group for the Polish city of Katowice, seeks to constitute a new quality in the center of the Silesian metropolis and will be the most scenic project in City Center.

Silesia, as a boldly changing European region, has gained a completely new skyline in recent years. It is a mine of untapped potential in the context of housing development, where opening to the panorama of Katowice may become an unrivaled asset. VIDOK opens up to the new face of Katowice City, transferring its energy to the outskirts and is the starting point for the further development of the city in this area.

Inspired by the correlation between the exposition of the existing urban landscape and the creation of a new important point on the panorama of Katowice. This is another important step in creating the silhouette of the Silesian metropolis while maintaining harmony between the created and original architecture.

The VIEW is the most important thing. Both for residents and passers-by. The use of point buildings frames the view from the ground level and allows residents to admire the panorama of Katowice. Kozielska Street became the main axis determining the formation of buildings. The rectangular solids gained dynamics, organically adjusting to the axis of the existing perspectives. The base formed in this way was surrounded by a circle of spacious terraces constituting a buffer between the interior of the apartment and the city. The spaces between the buildings and roof terraces fully use the recreational potential of the place, enriching the area with new viewpoints.

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