Wanda and Willowe housing estates

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Osiedle Wandy, Kraków

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The first designers of Nowa Huta based their projects on the Neighbourhood Unit Concept – independent estates accommodating 4-5 thousand residents, which were to provide them with all amenities. Everything they need – shops, schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, a post office, a healthcare centre and a cinema – was supposed to be in their closest surroundings.

The first designers of Nowa Huta based their projects on the Neighbourhood Unit Concept – independent estates accommodating 4-5 thousand residents, which were to provide them with all amenities. Everything they need – shops, schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, a post office, a healthcare centre and a cinema – was supposed to be in their closest surroundings. This was the concept based on which the construction of the first houses began, even before the urban planning of the new town was finished. This is why the appearance of the oldest region of Nowa Huta is somewhat different from the appearance of the remaining estates: the houses are relatively small, only three stories high, and the layout is rather casual, devoid of any rigorous symmetry. This was how the first housing estates in Nowa Huta: Wanda and Willowe were created. The Wanda estate contains the oldest residential house in Nowa Huta (14 Mierzwy Street, start of construction: 23rd April 1949), with a commemorative plaque.

The Willowe estate contains the first market square in Nowa Huta, called Pocztowy Square. Later on, its name was changed to the name of a socialist udarnik, Piotr Ożański. At the moment, another change of name is planned, this time to Przy Poczcie Square. It is worth knowing that Piotr Ożański's life inspired Andrzej Wajda to shoot his two famous films: Man of Marble and Man of Iron.

Translation: Summa Linguae SA

Date: 2013-06-07 Show ticket
News author: Weronika Dulowska
News Publisher: Portal główny EN
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