The capital’s first ‘woonerf’ at Warsaw Brewery
Following the opening of Elektrownia Powiśle’s food hall down by the Vistula River, the revitalization of parts of Warsaw, district by district, continues apace – and this time with a Dutch twist. Poland’s first official ‘woonerf’ – literally ‘a street to live in’ – will be built at Echo Investment’s ‘Warsaw Brewery’ (Browary Warszawskie) mixed-use urban regeneration scheme in the rapidly transforming district of Wola.
According to Echo Investment, “the idea of the woonerf in street designing has been around since the 1960s. It was a response to rapidly increasing road traffic… This concept promotes an urban space and its traditional character as a place for meetings, recreation, walking, shopping, eating out, moving freely, creating places where a busy life can slow down.”
“We want the project to become a natural, integral and above all hospitable part of the city,” said Michał Gerwat, Project Director. “We have composed the Warsaw Brewery in such a way that it is welcoming, with its original and sophisticated restaurant concepts. A network of streets and paths will lead to the most important places in the quarter, no gates and barriers.” The Haberbusch and Schiele arcade, named after the famed Warsaw brewers Błażej Haberbusch and Konstanty Schiele, will be 135 m long and 6m wide.
As well as the restaurants and bars, Warsaw Brewery consists of offices – some of which are already functioning – and apartments. Completion of the project is due by the end of 2020.