Client:Opal Property Developments
Date:17 December, 2015
TYMIENIECKIEGO 25, LODZ, POLAND
ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN, MASTERPLANNING & HERITAGE
EUROPEAN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY AWARD 2010
INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARD FOR BEST APARTMENTS 2010
U SCHEIBLERA IS A LANDMARK PROJECT WHICH CREATED NEW LIVING STANDARDS OF INTERNATIONAL LIFESTYLE IN POLAND. IT WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLE OF ADAPTIVE REUSE AND HERITAGE CONSERVATION.
‘U Scheiblera’ is a UNESCO registered group of heritage buildings representing one of the finest examples of large cotton and weaving factories in Europe. ‘U Scheiblera’ consists of a group of outstanding historic buildings on one of the largest factory sites in Poland.
Carefully restored and adapted this was the first example of a residential adaptation of factory buildings in Poland. Highly controversial, yet exceptionally successful, this project has set new living standards in Poland. The masterplan created a staged process for restoring and adapting a number of the existing buildings to residential apartments. These are focused around a magnificent central atrium space. Three new modern free-standing residential buildings are located in the cleared areas of land adjacent. A group of small individual buildings along the street are being adapted for retail and commercial uses.
The completed project consisted of 410 loft style apartments within the existing buildings and 220 boutique apartments within three new residential buildings. Approximately 50,000 sqm of residential space was be created.
This is one of the most significant post-communist projects in Eastern Europe. No one had ever lived in a converted factory complex in Poland. Nor had a UNESCO registered group of buildings ever permitted such a change with an atrium cut right through the heart of these historic buildings. The result is that the atrium floods the interior with natural light, provides a controlled environment for the extremes experienced in weather conditions and also exposes the skeleton structure of the building to be expressed within the space.
The concept create a modern adaptation of historic structures by contrasting the old with the new. The adaptation of heritage buildings for residential use is now know as the “Scheiblera Effect“.