31 firms invited to design new Market Square

The jury of the open international competition for an architectural concept of the Market Square’s public spaces has completed an appraisal of applications had submitted in February this year by 34 architectural studios. The jury had chosen 31 firms, which perform conditions of the contest, and invited them to the second stage.

The invitations were sent to qualified studios last Wednesday, on 14th of March. Now, the competing designers will have two months to prepare architectural concepts of the new Market Square. Deadline to submit final projects expires on 14th of May 2012.

The winning studio is scheduled to be announced in June 2012. The successful tenderer will be awarded a single-source contract worth PLN 1,6 million and will prepare a complete design documentation including all administrative decisions and permissions. The architectural design and its investment cost estimate can not exceed PLN 40 million including Value Added Tax.

The subjected public spaces cover an area of the Market Square and surroundings between Moniuszki and 13 Rynek St. (north-south axis), the buildings of “Zenit”, “Wyspiański” Theater, Silesian Museum and “Dom Prasy”, “Skarbek”, “Bank Śląski” (east-west axis). All the competing studios will get an equal 3D model of the Market Sq., in which the proposals have to be presented.

According to the competition guidelines, architects will have to propose several different purposes of the public areas, e.g. a flower, water or recreation square. Also, they will have to take into consideration a new tram line’s route – works on this part of the City Center’s redevelopment were commenced in the beginning of March and are being conducted by the consortium of NDI and Balzola.