Inhabited Bridges: The Case of Gorlitz and Zgorzelec The Question

As part of my Part II MArch final group project , we were asked to formulate a thesis question. This question needed to be a statement to reflect on and explore. The final resolution was in the form of a design project.

This will be part of an ongoing stream of posts about how the project panned out and the interesting topics it brought up.


This thesis project examines the interaction of two towns, German Gorlitz and Polish Zgorzelec, and their divided communities. The two towns, which were once one- and which flourished around the river Neisse- are now separated by that very same river. This physical, political and social division poses the question  “how do we architecturally resolve the division of trans-border communities?” 

Through explorations of the towns status, precedents and research on EU, national & local initiatives, the main aims of this project are to: firstly, introduce a new cross-border identity, and secondly to re-define the border as a place of interaction rather than of  separation.

This is achieved by regenerating the waterfront in both towns and introducing a new crossborder university as a part of it. Within the campus, two landmark buildings connected by a bridge deal with the negative space of the boarder and create a tension point in an otherwise neglected space. 

Site visit Feb 2017- Gorlitz in Germany and Zgorzelec in Poland


Courtesy to my group mates K.E & K.V


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