Searching for New Heart

Szczecin a city in north-western Poland, inhabited by over 400,000 people, is searching for an original idea to develop an area of 200 ha located in the very heart of the City. To this end, its authorities have just announced the international urban and architectural competition Łasztownia the New Heart of the City”. The record-breaking prizes, totalling EUR 97,900, clearly shows how serious the Mayor of Szczecin is about the Competition results.

Applications for admission to the Competition, the idea of which is to create a spatial development concept for the Międzyodrze area in Szczecin, including Łasztownia, may be submitted up to 27 March 2017.

“The heart of Szczecin has always beaten on the Oder River. For some time this heartbeat has seemed stronger, partly due to the seaport development, embankments, cultural events, Stara Rzeźnia (The Old Slaughterhouse), Lastadia, and the promised shipyard reconstruction”, said Piotr Krzystek, Mayor of Szczecin. “We are about to launch a project that will make Szczecin’s heartbeat stronger and steadier”.

The aim of the Competition is to select the best spatial development concept for an area crucial to Szczecin’s growth.

“The future of Szczecin is closely connected with Międzyodrze. The area for which development concepts are to be presented as part of the Competition covers (from the north) Grodzka Island, Łasztownia, together with the so-called Free-Duty Port, the Parnicka Clump and Green Island. The area in question spans over 200 ha”, said Jarosław Bondar, the City's architect. The activities aimed at accomplishing the said objective were initiated by the City authorities, among other ways, by launching the transition process of the City's road network, making a decision on the location and design of the Kłodny Bridge, and taking measures to take over from the State Treasury the Stara Rzeźnia area.

Competition Schedule

Applications for admission to the Competition may be submitted up to 27 March 2017, 3.00 p.m. (the date on which the Ordering Party confirms receipt of an application will be decisive).

The Participants will be informed of their admission to the Competition by 10 April 2017.

The Participants may submit queries regarding the Competition Regulations up to 24 April 2017, 3.00 p.m.

Responses to any such queries will be provided by 8 May 2017.

The deadline for submitting Competition entries by the Participants admitted to the Competition has been set at 20 September 2017, 3.00 p.m. (the date on which the Ordering Party confirms receipt of a Competition entry will be decisive).

The choice of the winning and awarded entries, the results announcement, the opening of the post-competition exhibition, and a post-exhibition discussion will take place in October 2017.


The following financial prizes will be awarded in the competition:

-FIRST PRIZE – EUR 34,600 gross;

-SECOND PRIZE – EUR 17,300 gross;

-THIRD PRIZE – EUR 11,500.00 gross;

-up to 6 DISTINCTIONS – EUR 5,800 gross for each;

It should be noted that for an entry to receive the FIRST PRIZE it must obtain at least 80 out of 100 points, and the entries to receive other prizes or distinctions 60 out of 100 points, from the Competition Jury.

The English version of the Competition Regulations

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