Client: OTH Regensburg
Location: Gdansk, Poland
Coordinates: 54.3623333, 18.65969444
Climate: Temperate, Continental
Materials: Glass, Metal
Environments: Industrial, Seaside
Scale: 4.800 ㎡ Medium
Types: Education, Research center
Known for some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole country. Just how much longer?
The «Black Tears of the Sea». In other words, heavy oil. Legacies from the Second World War. They have been corroding for 70 years, but the critical point has now been reached. For this reason, something new is to be built on the largely disused shipyard district of Gdansk. A research institute for maritime research and the recovery of waste oil in shipwrecks from the Baltic Sea.
The first step
The building marks the starting point for the future. A fundamental design point is the urban reorganization of the extensive and undefined port area. The structure refers to the former typologies of the industry and allows the history of the place to continue. The long, narrow structure sits sharply on the harbor basin. He defines one Axis that divides the terrain and underlines the power of the individual areas. Another fundamental point is the very matter-of-fact, sober approach to the area and the topic itself. The building is based on the industrial environment. The strong grid of the building plays with the aesthetics and elegance of the reduced industrial buildings, and draws its own logic and elegance from this in this location.
In order to support stronger communication of the areas of responsibility, the floor plan is divided into three areas that flow into one another. In the front area the theoretical work, a laboratory and supply zone and in the rear area a zone for the salvage. These are stacked vertically, allowing for random swapping between areas. The construction is designed as a lightweight steel skeleton structure with an external load-bearing structure. The institute is surrounded by a post and beam façade. This gives the building the impression of an elongated observation tower, which is just waiting to solve problems that shouldn’t actually exist.