The project of this urban-architectural concept concerns the development of the area of the pond at Sportowa street in Wisznia Mała. The existing area has a great potential to become a public space for the local and supra-local community, of a representative nature, while also maintaining its natural values and intimate nature.
The main idea of the concept is to introduce a platform around the pond – a wooden promenade, a loop – which will allow the visitors to experience the water from different viewing perspectives. The guiding function of the wooden loop, is its walking nature with the following spots of recreational functions:
•Viewing platform (round loop, ramp) – the highest point of the promenade, where walkers can observe the panorama of the pond and the nearby areas of Wisznia Mała. It is planned to introduce two pedestrian routes on the platform: one of a width suitable for disabled people with barriers, and the other for regular pedestrian movement.
•Walking path – the walking part of the loop with a bench element extending along the edge by the water. This element provides protection against entering the water, and at the same time allows visitors to sit in any location with different levels of sunlight and view. In the places where the pedestrian loop is widened, the designed bench aligns its level with the surface allowing walkers to come into direct contact with water.
•Swings – in the widened part of the platform – by the south-eastern edge – there are large recreational swings located, enabling adults and children to relax with a view of nature.
•Platform at the paddling pool – part of the platform at the paddling pool allows you to sit on the platform and get your feet wet in water. It is an element that limits people to swim into a deep water.
•Hammocks – dense blue mesh hammocks mounted in the arched cutouts of the platform, hung just above the water, diversify users experiencing nature from different perspectives.
•Promontory – a part of the promenade protruding deep onto the pond, where walkers can relax on the bench and observe nature from the depth of the pond.
•Fishing part – along the western edge of the shore, the platform has been gently raised and retracted from the edge of the water into the escarpment to guide pedestrian traffic away from the fishing zone. The fishing platforms are located by the water surface and provide each angler an intimate place to rest and peace while fishing. Access to fishing platforms is located on the two sides of the main promenade and leads along a path among greenery.
•Stepped platform – in the northern part of the promenade is extended with an element of recreational stairs on the slope and a seating area with deckchairs by the water. A pedestrian path runs between the stairs and deckchairs to allow relaxation for those using the deckchairs.
•Finnish sauna platform – at the minus-one level of the all-year building, a Finnish sauna is designed, from which it is possible to go to a separate part of the platform and cool the body after warming up sessions.
An important element of the design is also the artificial, floating island – “Island with cherry tree”. This island is the main vantage point of the entire development with the possibility of swimming to it, mooring the boat and going out to its shore.
The Project also include the introduction of three recreation zones and two buildings:
•Sandy beach: located in the southern part, with a small paddling pool in front of the pier.
•Recreation and sports area: a volleyball court with a sandy surface and a pumptrack along the perimeter of the pitch
•All-year-round facility/building: the facility’s architecture fits into the existing landscape, taking advantage of the terrain difference and the large slope gradient towards the water. The building consists of two levels: the ground floor level, which is accessible from the entrance square at Sportowa street, and the minus-one level overlooking the promenade from the pond with an saunarium area. The cafe level from the pond side is entirely glazed, providing the the panoramic views, and surrounded by terraces that perform both a communication function enabling the transition to different levels of the area and in different available directions, as well as a recreational function providing a meeting place.
•Summer facility/building: The summer facility is a one-story building with a seasonal cafe and changing room, equipment rental and toilets. The architectural form is shaped by a closed building element and a suspended roof above the terrace of the cafe, where tables can be displayed in the summer season.