Siewierz-Jeziorna – first sustainable town in Poland
The concept of sustainable town is defined by international documents, like the EU’s Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities or UN Habitat Agenda, dating back from the 70s of the 20th century.
The return to traditional architecture of cities, preceding the era of cars, is also postulated by sustainable urban planning experts, including the most reknown ones, such as Leon Krier – head representative of New Traditionalism, the planner of Poundbury (the investement in Great Britain developed by Prince Charles since the 80s of the 20th century) or Andreas Duany, the co-founder of the movement for New Urbanism in the USA, the author of spatial development plan of Seaside in Florida.
Siewierz-Jeziorna will soon join these independent, multifunctional sustainable towns, in which one can live and work comfortably, as well as actively spend free time. Covering the area of 140 hectares, the town is encircled by the Przerzycko-Siewierski reservoir from the east and from the north. National road 1 connects it with the Upper Silesian urban area. According to the intention of the investor and the owner of the joint-stock company TUP S.A. listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the town is to set new standards of life in Poland.
Jeziorna is a new district of the medieval town of Siewierz. Its urban plan has been drawn up by an international panel of experts in cooperation with the local authorities and inhabitants of the town. It was inspired by the dense, regular architecture of medieval towns, having their own square and church. Public spaces and numerous strips of greenery relate to the tradition of Polish boroughs. Jeziorna district however, corresponds to the spirit of the 21st century.
The harmony of architecture and urban planning in the district is guaranteed by the Town Planner and the code of architecture adopted by the investor, ensuring homogeneous style of garages, sheds, fences and public places facilities.
The investment plan is defined by the Local Plan of Spatial Development adopted by the local authorities for 44 hectares of housing estate Jeziorna Centrum and by the Study of Conditions and Directions of Spatial Development drawn up for the whole district.
The development of Siewierz will include terraced, detached and semi-detached houses, as well as tenements and city villas meeting the expectations of people of all ages and at different stages of life. The development of the district is diversified and multifunctional. In the residential quarters there are retail spaces, service and recreation areas. The district will have its own market square and church. The surface of 16 hectares is envisaged for a farm with ecological food, a stud and a sports centre with a marina. Kindergartens and a primary school are planned, as well. Safe streets, friendly for pedestrians and cyclists, have been designed in compliance with the notion of shared space. The traffic on such streets is slowed down by natural obstructions, such as uneven surface, width of the road or plants. On our streets children will be able to play ball in perfect safety!
Siewierz-Jeziorna is a district designed by an international panel of experts, in cooperation with local specialists, local authorities and inhabitants of Jeziorna, during community participation Charrette Workshop for Urban Planning. Its construction exploits local materials. Houses are situated in a way which enables them to take advantage of solar light and use it to light and heat the rooms. Compact construction, implementation of energetically efficient solutions (such as renewable sources of energy, controllable, energy-efficient light sources – LEDs) or building materials, all guarantee the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Rainwater and snowmelt from the district area is cleaned, purified and drained away to the underground overflow basin, and then used in the irrigation of common green areas. Ultimately, the district area can accommodate up to 10 thousand people. Many of them will find employment in the CleanTech Park, currently built in Jeziorna, and designed for the development of low-carbon technologies in housing. The development of Jeziorna began at the end of 2012. At present, the first quarter of the investment is being completed. It covers three hectares, which will house 128 residential units, tenements with service areas, terraced houses and semi-detached houses around a public square and a park covering the area of one hectare.