Disused train station turned into swanky new apartments for old and vulnerable
A disused 19th century railway station has been converted into stunning new apartments for the vulnerable and elderly.
Situated in the town of Lubomierz in Lower Silesia, the project has now been cited by design bible White Mad as a standout example of innovation.
Although just 164 sq/m in area, the striking makeover from Wrocław-based Rewizja Grupa Projektowa includes eight flats with a small gallery and an external staircase leading to the apartments on the first floor.
Architects Krzysztof Grześków, Igor Sapijaszko and Anna Kusz said: “The investor’s requirements (the municipality of Lubomierz) presumed increasing the height of the wing and designing another floor.
“Out of respect for the 19th century object, a lot of emphasis was awarded to details: the lines of an already existing ledge were highlighted, and the superstructure above was trimmed with galvanized steel sheets to distinguish between the old and new elements.”
Opened on October 15th, 1885, Lubomierz’s train station was situated on the Gryfów Śląski to Lwówek Śląski route and its peak – during the 1960s and 1970s – saw five trains stopping daily on their way to destinations such as Legnica and Jelenia Góra.
Notoriously slow, by the early 1980s it’s reported that trains needed just under 80 minutes to complete a 23 kilometre stretch, and by 1983 all passenger trains had been cancelled.
Thereafter, the station saw sporadic freight traffic until that too was halted in 1992.
The new facelift has provided more evidence of a wider nationwide trend that has seen abandoned or neglected historic objects being revised and resurrected as low-income housing.
In Żory, for instance, December saw confirmation that two historic tenements would be renovated and transformed to house as many as 16 flats specially adapted for people suffering mobility issues thereby enabling them to reintegrate into the local community.