Przyczółek Grochowski – Discover an Odd Communist-Era Housing Estate

Modernist masterpiece designed by Oskar and Zofia Hansen, considered one of the most important Polish architects of the 20th century. In 2017 their own house in Szumin was included into the Iconic Houses Network.

The Przyczółek Grochowski housing estate was designed in 1958 and constructed in 1968-1973. It was an urban and social experiment based on Oskar Hansen’s Linear Continuous System concept. It’s a series of 23 connected, gallery-acces blocks of flats which creates a 1,5 kilometer long zigzag object with 1800 apartments occupied by 7000 residents.

The project was not a succes. The architects hoped that people living here would be happy but in the end people felt anonymous, alienated and afraid. Furthermore, gallery-acces apartments were quite cold, this kind of building is good in Florida, but not necessarily in Warsaw or anywhere else in Poland. However it`s an important achievement of Polish architecture of the 20th century. It`s worth wandering along its gloomy coridors. You can watch residents walking around, talking and children playing.

Address: between streets Ostrzycka, Motorowa, Żymirskiego, Kwarciana and Bracławska.

 

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