Location: Kolektyw Kąpielisko

Kolektyw Kąpielisko is a community garden located adjacent to a summer swimming pool in Kasprowicz Park. Destroyed parks and alleys pose a threat. Still, the park is often frequented by walkers, athletes, families with children and the elderly. The place is important in the minds of the local community. It is the only open park within a radius of several kilometers. Therefore since half 2013 the Association Kolektyw Kąpielisko have worked so that the changes desired by the inhabitants become real in the new community garden. The basic premise of the Kolektyw is to create a common space for creative activities, meeting places, exchange of ideas and integration of the local residents. From September to mid-November 2014, Kolektyw created a large part of the infastructure of the garden. Along with residents they built a stove, which is an impuls for integration of the neighbors during a joint preparation of meals. During the other workshop they created a box for tools and compost. 


The Association Kolektyw Kąpielisko ia a group of actively working people who in a creative way want to change the space around them for the better. Among the members of association there are landscape architects, architects/planners, cultural studies experts, holistic health expert and other enthusiasts of the positive social actions. Kolektyw Kąpielisko is engaged in cooperation with existing and emerging in Lazarus district initiatives.


Every action taken by Garden includes an educational components, so the main audience for this actitities are childeren. KK conduct classes for children on environmental education. Association  cooperate with kindergartens and parents from Lazarus district. Among the many events dedicated to children, one can mentioned a series of workshops: Garden stories” and „Become a municipal gardener”, which were partially implemented in facilities of  partners.


The garden received a grant from the City of Poznan in order to organize a series of summer film screenings, as part of the Kinoogród initiative, during  holidays. As a result, there was an urgent need for an adequate number of mobile seats.


In order to meet these needs, students designed and built a system of modified folding seats inspired by the cult game Tetris. The Tetris system consists of different modules that can work separately as singular seats as well as complex structures for bigger gatherings, open-air dining or playing. Regular modules have multiple plug-ins that change a seat into a table or a bar, or make it into a more comfortable armchair by adding a back to it. The plug-ins are remote, so users can adjust the function of one module to their individual preferences.  To make garden more visible (the plot is long and narrow) students adorned the gate area with direction signs – way-finding elements targeted at children (a game) and adults (pragmatic information). A simple street game (Polish: “klasy”) was painted on the pavement by the gate, so that the kids can make use of the garden without any hesitation. In addition, students created 3 multi-purpose totems, designed to incorporate the garden logo, which can serve as lampposts, showers or tipis for children to play in. 

Student participiants:

Natalija Otonicar, Barbora Tothova, Giovanna Muzzi, Bea Zsiliniszky, Paulina Frankowska, Bartosz Bisaga, Attila Cseplo. Bartosz Zabiega, Petr Vacek, Adam Mierzwa

Tutor: BudCud

Architects from Poland

Contemporary practice from Cracow (Poland), operating within the fields of architecture and urbanism. The office is led by Mateusz Adamczyk (1981) and Agata Wozniczka (1986). We design complex architectural environments.Our projects are logical and professional elaborations of better and sustainable reality in modern times, designed for the future inhabitants who benefit from a new environment. BudCud’s designprocess is a constant evaluation of a rational model scheme, defined by both context and experimentation. We are heavily influenced by the project environment, which makes BudCud proposals contextually conscious, but not naive. Implementing such a strategy results in something that is both unusual and unique.