Lodz tramway

In our works on the project we wanted to break a stereotype which is very harmful to Lodz and shows it as an old, dirty, post-industrial city without any enery. Therefore, one of the concepts in the project of the new tramway stop Piotrkowska – Centrum was to join two nearby green areas – the oldest park Zrodliska and Jan Poniatowski’s Park (scheme I). In our project we suggest placing tree pots on the verges of Mickiewicza Alley so that it becomes an alley of trees. The stop, which is conceived to be a kind of green corridor, is to be the first stage of transforming this part of the city into its lungs. The stop that we propose is very simple in its form. It is a steel grating supported by posts made of the same material (posts are spaced out on the axes every) in which the spaces between the beams are filled with glass. Thanks to this form the character of the stop’s interior alludes to the interiors of the city’s industrial monuments. In the steel beams plant pots are placed; they refers to the nearby Art Nouveau architecture (opulent plant ornamentation). Plants become a kind of natural blinds which in summer provide shadow and thus protect against urban heat, whereas in winter, when leaves drop, sunlight, which is a scarce commodity at our latitude at this time of the year, reaches unhindered the users of the tramway stop. Benches, garbage bins, timetable displays are made of concrete and give an impression as if they were a part of an underground tunnel jutting out of the grass. The benches are 1,3 m high (so that they protect the sitting against wind, noise from the street, and in winter months against slush coming from under the wheels of cars passing by) and lined with facing made of perforated metal sheets. The greenery is placed on three planes. There are the already described plant pots on the roof of the stop which work like blinds, the grass on the line and in plant pots placed on the backs of the benches which screen passengers from the noise and clean the air at the stop.