Architectural competition announced for public spaces of Market Square

The City Hall of Katowice announced today an open international competition for an architectural concept of public spaces in the heart of Katowice City Center. An awarded studio will be given a soul-source contract worth PLN 1,6 million.

In pursuance of the agreement, the winning architectural company will prepare a complete design documentation including all administrative decisions and permissions. The studio will also be responsible for the project supervision.

The subjected public space covers an area of the Market Square and surroundings between Moniuszki St. and Rynek 13 (north-south axis), the buildings of “Zenit”, “Wyspiański” Theater, Silesian Museum and “Dom Prasy”, “Skarbek”, “Bank Śląski” (east-west axis). According to the competition guidelines, achitects 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 are to be launched in the weeks to come.

The proposed architectural design and its investment cost estimate can not exceed PLN 40 million including Value Added Tax. Deadline to submit applications for participations in the contest expires on 10th of February 2012. On 14th of March 2012, the City Hall will send invitations to qualified firms. The competition is scheduled to be decided in the middle of 2012.


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