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Location: Primary school nr 36

Slowackiego Street (then Karlstrasse) was designated when Jeżyce was annexed to Poznan. The inclusion of Jeżyce within the borders of Poznań also resulted in the need to increase the number of places in schools. The expansion of the Eighth Girls’ School was carried out between 1907 and 1913. The premise comprises a two-winged building connecting to the Słowackiego Street development and, through an entrance gate, to the courtyard and gymnasium.  The main buildings are reminiscent of Gothic forms in style and the designers have moved away, from the traditional barracks approach of the time, to the design of a large school. The building on the street side is reminiscent of classical, geometrised Art Nouveau architecture. The symbol of the school, noticeable from many places in Jeżyce, is the 6-storey tower with a clock. It is a remnant of the fire station, which was incorporated into the new building by the designers. The side façade of the main building features a sculpture of the Archangel Michael (long thought to be a representation of St George) framed by a neo-Gothic viperga. 


Teachers pointed out that the elements should be resilient to damage and encourage temporary stay. Representatives of the Estate Council – on the durability of the structure, ease of maintenance low cost of maintenance of the elements, as the maintenance in later years will be handled by the school

Pupils identified elements that would allow for short term recreation for 2, 3 or more people. The elements would also allow for comfortable playing (swinging, climbing, sliding) as there is a kindergarten in the vicinity of the school and younger children also attend the school. They also drew attention to the accessibility of the elements for the elderly or people with disabilities. A restrained colour scheme and the adaptation of elements to the historic architecture were also important to them. Mock-ups of the elements created by the students will be presented at the meeting.


The groups were responsible for creating city furniture for those under the care of Primary School No. 36 at Słowackiego Street in Jeżyce. The difficulty was not only design for such a demanding recipient as the youngest, but also the fact that the clinker building of the school with neohistoric and Art Nouveau forms is under strict conservation care, and furniture designed as part of the workshops are part of the revitalization process of Słowackiego Street – run by the Poznań Road Administration Urban. Therefore, the students working on the project of this furniture had to consult their projects not only with the management and students of SP 36 or surrounding residents- interested in a small square in front of the school, but also with representatives of the Municipal Conservator of Monuments and representatives of the City Roads Board. Design teams after the first meetings on the location decided to join forces and work out a furniture project together. For students, after conversations with all interested parties, the main guideline in the creation of the project, the desire to revive,without excessive sensory stimulation.

Workshops with children, including people with autism, revealed a willingness to activity based on traffic, such as rocking, and more greenery and natural materials. It was also recognized that it would be undesirable to cover a historically rich facade, which is why the goal of design teams was to create a discreet and at the same time engaging playground, which harmonizes with the elegant atmosphere of Jeżyce. Two straight lines forming seats have been created that introduce new possibilities of social interaction, relaxation and movement. They were placed in such a way as to create separate zones in the space in front of the school. One of them complements the historic granite bench, the other is directed towards the historic fire truck, offering an observation point. Both lines were cut into two parts, enabling various levels and transverse movement, balancing and rocking. Beeds, elegant and simple, have handmade reliefs that blend in with the historic school building, adding a fun accent. By using the traditional Yakisuga wood tanning method, the color of the bench has been adapted to the surrounding landscape, while increasing its durability and maintaining its natural character.

Student participants:

Paweł Siemaszko, Maciej Misiak, Willy Manford, Mikołaj Gniadzik, Anastasiia Antonova, Mareike Finnern
Nastassia Mitrafanava, Natálie Poláková, Julia Jura
Karolina Staszewska, Anna Leonik, Marcin Stępień
Roman Michalczak, Michał Pietrusiewicz, Ibrahim Kandeel
Leo Altmann, Michaela Kirnerová, Marina Alimpieva
Roxana Dziurowicz, Oliwia Kłopatowska, Julia Bugajska
Daria Kaczmarzewska

Tutor: Katarzyna Kobierska +Nils Wenk

Landscape Architect from Poland and architect from Germany


Landscape architect, designer of applied graphics, general design and place branding, founder of KA KOBIERSKA, a studio in Wrocław designing public spaces. She is co-laureate of the 3rd prize (ex aequo) in the FUTUWAWA 2021 competition „How will we live in the Warsaw of the future?”. for her work Warszawski SZEPT and co-laureate of the IFLA international competition „Boldness&Beauty” for her completed public space Popo Park in Wrocław. She was also a co-author of the concept for Wrocław’s Mammoth Park and the Tarnoduchy forest playground. Urban activist, educator. She draws attention to design in harmony with nature, respect for the place found, and economy of form. Since June 2022, she has been a member of the Board of Directors at the Landscape Architecture Association.


Founder of Wenk Architekten architecture studio in Berlin. Professor at the chair of Building Construction and Design at Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus – Senftenberg. The architect is a winner of numerous awards, e.g.: Hans-Schaefers-Preis (2010), Heinze Architekten AWARD (2010), DEUBAU- Preis and Best Architects 14. Tutor in numerous international design workshops.