Cultural and historical heritage of Łódź to regain former splendour with stunning transformation of Karl Scheibler factory
A stunning new design will transform the former 19th century Karol Scheibler textile factory in Łódź into a space of ‘high aesthetic and functional quality’.
Located in central Poland, the city of Łódź experienced a golden age as a textile manufacturing centre during the 19th and 20th Century.
As a result of the industrial revolution, the city grew around major factories. Machines transformed fibre into thread, which was then woven into textiles.
This rich industrial heritage is on display at the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź.
One of the major factories was founded by 19th century industrialist Karl Scheibler.
Born in Prussia in 1820, Scheibler came to Łódź in the mid-1800s and founded a spinning mill.
He went on to expand his production facilities, which would include the Księży Młyn factory.
As his empire grew, Scheibler became known as the “King of the Cotton and Linen Empires of Łódź”. He died in the city in 1881.
Now a new design has been chosen from 130 submitted to revive the public space on the site of Scheibler’s former factory in the city.
The first prize chosen by competition organisers Echo Investment went to two architect students at the Silesian University of Technology, Kamil Bryłka and Paweł Białaś. A picture of their design features paved walkways that pass between pools of water.
There is also plenty of greenery, with plants, trees and stretches of grass where people can sit and relax.
Chair of the competition jury Anna Aneta Tomczak, who is deputy director of the Municipal Urban Studio in Łódź said: “The competition showed that young designers, the future creators of space, see the need to preserve the brick, post-industrial Łódź, but also to include a new park function of a high aesthetic and functional quality.”
The newly-designed space will be created in the vicinity of Echo Investment’s the FUZJA project in Łódź, which will create a “multifunctional city quarter”, as the company puts it.
In addition to historic buildings with space for services, shops and restaurants, and residential and office buildings, it will include public spaces and green areas spanning almost 4 hectares.