In Europe it`s all about football again. The 14th European Football Championship is in full swing and will be held in Poland and Ukraine. While in Danzig a new football stadium was built (the PGE Arena Gdansk), no less interesting architectural highlights can be found in the 20 km distant city Gdynia.
Gdynia is a city in the Pomeranian Voivodeship of Poland and an important seaport of Gdańsk Bay on the south coast of the Baltic Sea. Located in Kashubia in Eastern Pomerania, Gdynia is part of a conurbation with the spa town of Sopot, the city of Gdańsk and suburban communities, which together form a metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a population of over a million people.
In Europe there are many modernist buildings, villages, districts or cities, but nowhere such a compact city of modernism as new foundation like Gdynia can be found.
"Due to the strong bond to the Warsaw architectural scene, Gdynia quickly adopted the new architectural style and has been a hallmark of a modern marine metropolis since then. The 'white' Gdynia stood out as a symbol of the modern Polish state from the 'Prussian' brick architecture of the surrounding area." *
The city is characterized by many maritime Details: round windows similar to portholes, rounded or sharp-edged buildings that are reminiscent of ship hulls and building extensions to the model of a bridge. The designers were the best Polish architects who created many outstanding buildings in Gdynia.
*Janatková, Alena; Kozinska-Witt, Hanna (Hrsg.): Wohnen in der Großstadt 1900-1939. Wohnsituation und Modernisierung im europäischen Vergleich.
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