World Horticultural EXPO in Łódź wins Award for “Best Landscape Architecture for Poland” at the 2021-2022 European Property Awards

Chapman Taylor’s masterplan for World Horticultural EXPO, a 80-hectare horticultural and green EXPO in Łódź, Poland’s third-largest city, has won an Award for “Best Landscape Architecture for Poland” at the 2021-2022 European Property Awards.

The 80-hectare project is the first of its kind because; all previous World Horticultural EXPO developments were created in remote, undeveloped areas, in Łódź the site is located in the heart of the city centre, near the main railway station and surrounded by urban fabric. The site includes two existing parks – May the 3rd and Baden-Powell – as well as the areas adjacent the city’s Medical University.

Chapman Taylor’s masterplan concept represents a step-change for EXPO, with an intensive focus on regenerating, restoring, recycling, repurposing and reusing. The masterplan’s functions are arranged around four themed zones, developed in consultation with the city and more than 50 other organisations.

These themes are:

Nature of Leisure – the May the 3rd Park represents forest and lake environments, offering family recreation as well as sport and fitness options for people of all ages within the park’s restored and enhanced spaces, designed with respect for its history.

Nature of Living – Baden-Powell Park will host the main EXPO programme, including the Polish Pavilion, the City of Łódź Pavilion surrounded by Gardens of Four Cultures, the international participants’ National Gardens, an amphitheatre, a viewing tower and exhibition halls.

Nature of Health – the Zieleniec area includes environmentally friendly design solutions combined with EcoUMed Health Academy’s horti-therapy programme, Gardens of Healthy Food, Clean Air and Water, Gardens of Senses and the Circular Village.

Nature of Business – the Zatorze area will host conferences, seminars, science meetings and business networking, with a focus on the exchange of ideas for improving quality of life.

In addition, an overall “Nature of Us” theme combines elements of all the others to reflect a modern city that provides employment, facilitates rest and recharging in green surroundings, showcases cultural diversity and provides daily close contact with the environment, delivering significant physical and mental health benefits.

Exhibitors and participants are expected from 43 countries, including international organisations, sponsors and partners. It is anticipated that 4.5 million visitors will attend EXPO during the six months in which it will be open.

After EXPO completes, some facilities will remain, while others will be converted to new uses such as permanent exposition spaces as well as business and administration, cultural, educational, healthcare, sport and leisure, recreational and gastronomic facilities – all within a mostly retained and carefully maintained, landscaped green environment. Some pavilions, structures and installations will be moved to other locations within the city, mainly its public green areas, parks and squares.

Horticultural EXPO is part of the city’s longer-term development strategy – incorporating substantially more green space within the city’s urban fabric as an engine of urban regeneration, creating pocket gardens, woonerfs (living streets) and a network of over 120km of green trails as the core elements of the “Blue-Green Network” – a spatial development strategy connecting the city with its green surroundings, natural parks and forests, rivers, water reservoirs and trails.

Chapman Taylor was awarded the public tender to create the Łódź EXPO masterplan concept in December 2018. A 30-strong multidisciplinary team worked intensively under the direction of Associate Director Mariusz Wróblewski, in collaboration with the City and other stakeholders, to deliver this innovative design in December 2019. Originally scheduled for 2024, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the Łódź event being rearranged for 2029.

Mariusz Wróblewski

Associate Director, Warsaw

With over 15 years' professional experience and wide technical knowledge, Mariusz has extensive experience of delivering and supervising all design stages of complex projects.

Mariusz is also a passionate artist, and his sketches have won several internal competitions at Chapman Taylor as well as awards for external publications.

He joined Chapman Taylor in 2012 as a Senior Architect and was promoted to Associate Director in 2017 in our Warsaw Studio, Poland. Mariusz speaks Polish and English.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Design Development / Delivery

Dysponując ponad 15-letnim szerokim doświadczeniem zawodowym i wszechstronną wiedzą techniczną, Mariusz posiada bogate doświadczenie w realizacji i nadzorowaniu wszystkich etapów przygotowywania złożonych projektów.

Mariusz jest też artystą z zamiłowania, jego szkice wygrały wiele wewnętrznych konkursów Chapman Taylor, a także były publikowane i nagradzane zewnętrznie.

Dołączył do Chapman Taylor w 2012r. jako Starszy Architekt i został promowany na stanowisko Vice-Dyrektora w 2017r.

Języki: polski, angielski.

Obszary specjalizacji:

Obiekty Handlowe / Kompleksy Wielofunkcyjne / Zaprojektuj + Wybuduj

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