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Former car factory to be turned into sustainable city quarter in Warsaw

Images courtesy of WXCA
A disused car factory in Warsaw is to be regenerated as a 62ha “green district of the future”, with homes for 17,000 residents and 13,000 jobs by 2050.

The scheme is being masterplanned by local companies Sawawa and WXCA, and UK consulting engineer Buro Happold.

The first phase, due to be complete by the end of 2026, will encompass the first blocks of homes, a 650-student primary school and shops and service areas.

Former factory facilities such as the casting shop, assembly space and welding area will be become the walls of the district’s main square.

The masterplan organises the new buildings around a 1km-long park, for the use of public transport, pedestrians and cyclists. Private vehicles will be restricted to an outer ring road.

The project will contain green features such as a groundwater retention system, renewable power generation and energy-sharing.

Małgorzata Dembowska, an architect at WXCA, said: “This project poses a unique challenge as it puts before us the question of what should cities look like and how should they function in the coming decades. After all, what is modern today, may be outdated in 10 years’ time, which is why timeless values are at the very heart of the project, focused on the needs of individuals and the identity of the place.”

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