Port II (Port Praski) - ul. Okrzei


Port Praski

Port II is a quarter of residential and service buildings located in the area of Port Praski in the heart of Old Praga in Warsaw. The nature of Praga buildings, in which the historical buildings predominate, and the exposition of the plot from the side of Wybrzeże Szczecińskie were the main architectural and urban considerations for the project. The main idea was to create buildings on a friendly urban scale and to avoid the "housing estate" character of buildings.

The quarter was divided into a number of sections constituting separate "tenement houses". Each of them was diverse in terms of height, facade materials and architectural expression. Thanks to this, the large quarter of buildings was reduced to a human, urban scale, creating valuable diversity of buildings.

Gates are a characteristic element of the historical buildings of Praga. Inspired by them, Port II proposed a contemporary vision of the Prague Gate. Finished with wood gate leads by the wide stairs to the elevated internal courtyard.

Each tenement has its own individual character and independent functional arrangement with its own staircase and entrance directly from the street. When designing architecture, the focus was on contemporary forms of expression in combination with traditional materials such as brick or sandstone.

The facades refer to Praga tenements in a contemporary way. They have many modern forms in the form of large glazing, glass wallets and new technical solutions. The tenement houses from the side of the Kościuszko Monument have calmer, more classic facades defining the closure of the monument's square. Tenements from the side of Okrzei Street are more bold and modern in their expression. Traditional facade materials harmonize with modern architectural elements such as large glass panes, glass balustrades, and steel details.