undulating surface for pilsudski's square competition poland
undulating surface for pilsudski's square competition poland undulating surface for pilsudski's square competition poland
nov 29, 2013

undulating surface for pilsudski's square competition poland

undulating surface for pilsudski’s square competition poland




defined by a flexible surface structure, the competition entry for piłsudski’s square in wrocław, poland changes according to the season. adjusting its various forms to suit the weather conditions, the normally flat public space is transformed into an undulating and varied landscape. during the warmer summer months, the elastic skin stretches to form an outdoor sunbathing hill, which in the wintertime can be used to ski and slide down. the flexible material also adjusts its color depending on the outside temperature – cold is represented by shades of blue, warm by green and moderate becomes a more turquoise color – with glowing elements enlivening the entire square at nighttime.



summer view, the square as a pool



the surface itself contains open pores that enable it to be drained from rain controlled sensors, the water is then filtered and either stored in the pool below, or used as spray for the fountain. this integrated system makes a swimming pool during the summer and an ice rink in the winter. the landscape’s shape can be adjusted through a grid of hydraulic cylinders that are attached to the membrane and controlled electronically. an aim for the project is to help produce energy for surrounding buildings, directly contributing to its environment.



winter view, the square as a hill



market axonometric



landscape axonometric



lighting diagram



changeable shape diagram



temperature sensitive color diagram



traffic diagram



sections of the different shapes



site plan of the square



project info:

location: plac piłsudskiego, wrocław, poland
architects: projektor architekci / szymon bielenis, S.LAB architektura / tomasz sachanowicz and AHA design / zuzanna sprogis
status: 3-rd prize in open competition



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • Very nice design but there is no solution for the magic material – make it!

    Jeroen van Lith says:

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