Pasaż Wiecha

  Pasaż Stefana Wiecheckiego Wiecha ,   City Centre         20 Jan 2024
Like the trough behind a cresting wave, this 'passage' runs parallel to ul. Marszakowska in the shadow of the Wars Sawa Junior departments stores, otherwise know as the 'Eastern Wall.' One of the most monstrous projects completed in communist Warsaw, this massive wall of buildings is among the oldest department store/retail complexes in Poland, a role it still plays today. Designed by architect Zbigniew Karpiński and completed in 1969, the buildings were hailed a work of genius, but soon fell into neglect, their reputation changing to that of an enormous eyesore covered in advertising in the early postcommunist era. In more recent times, the buildings have been modernised with shining glass frontages, granite walkways and proper lighting. Although once entirely dodgy, Pasaż Wiecha - the long space behind the 'Eastern Wall' - is today lined with shops and restaurant gardens on both sides, making it an interesting area to explore. It also boasts benches, hammocks, beach chairs and other elements of urban design, and increasingly plays host to events like food fairs. Ironically, the centrepiece of the city's big 1960s redevelopment plan is now a focal point in the 'Nowe Centrum Warszawy' plan, which will see this immediate area redeveloped once again in the near future, becoming more green and user-friendly for residents. It's all part of a bigger plan to create a lively pedestrian corridor through the city centre running from here, down ul. Chmielna, through the new Plac Pięciu Rogów, to ul. Nowy Świat. Start a wander east down ul. Chmielna from here to see how far the city has progressed and succeeded so far.




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