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Anger Over ‘Ugly’ Wyspa Słodowa Development

Last week Poznan-based design firm Concordia released plans for a new Wyspa Słodowa 7 building. The proposals have sparked outrage from activists, who believe the new development will tar the island’s image and atmosphere.

Back in 2015 the city announced its intention to sell the old building on Wyspa Słodowa, often referred to as ‘Wyspa Słodowa 7’. The news quickly fueled fears that a hotel or office building would be constructed – spelling the end of life on Wyspa Słodowa as we know it.

To try and address the issue, activists formed the ‘Wyspa Słodowa 7‘ group, which put forward a strong campaign for any new building to protect the island’s visual aesthetics, as well as its cultural vibe. They asked for the city authorities to keep the area public and therefore in the hands of the residents. 

Eventually they failed in their bid to have the old building renovated and transformed into a public cultural centre. Instead, the city chose for a private developer to come in and construct a building that could partly be used for cultural purposes.

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As revealed last week, the culmination of those plans is the ‘Concordia Hub’, which aims to provide “conference rooms, restaurants and an open space for cultural activities“. The new facility will actually contain some original elements of the old the building, but is to be significantly bigger.

The proposals have not been universally met with approval however. Many Wrocławians have criticized the building for being an ugly block that will inevitably blight the Island. 

The Wyspa Słodowa 7 activists have even launched a petition to try and get the development scrapped. Their reasoning for the petition is as follows: 

The Poznań-based Concordia Design company, contrary to the promises made at the time of taking over the land, is trying to destroy the appearance and atmosphere of a unique place in Wrocław, Wyspa Słodowa. They are planning to put there an unremarkable, underwhelming design that pays no respect to the historic surroundings and has been constructed to serve as office space.

Despite many promises of an investment of a pro-social nature, the project has not taken into account the key points the residents expressed for over three years. 

We demand a withdrawal from the implementation of the project, which will end in an architectural and image disaster.

We demand a new project based on consultations with residents – a project that will respect the historic surroundings of the island and its unique, recreational and culture-creating atmosphere!

Excerpt taken from http://wyspaslodowa7.pl/petycja/

Wrocław City Council have confirmed that the preparation for the building’s construction has already taken place. If all goes to plan, the ‘Concordia Hub’ will be completed by November 2019. The grand opening is planned for the beginning of 2020. 

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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