Poland – A new dynamic public space in Chorzów, Poland, designed by architecture firm SLAS, embodies the essence of play. The Activity Zone park features a diverse range of shapes and structures, each serving a distinct purpose, creatively punctuating a vast concrete landscape.
Playground and fitness equipment are thoughtfully interspersed between neatly arranged ball courts, seating areas and green spaces featuring mature trees. With a focus on accessibility, concrete was chosen as the primary material, facilitating smooth navigation for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
In a bid to foster inclusivity and community integration, Activity Zone marks the first phase of a transformative initiative connecting the University of Silesia and Chorzów. The park breathes new life into a former military site, creating a welcoming environment that unites both academic and local communities. The Activity Zone aligns with our Urban Wellness Market report exploring how post-pandemic consumers are demanding higher levels of urban health, sanctuary spaces in cities and an increase in civic activities to engage in.
Citizens are demanding a receptive, playful built environment as concerns about health and longevity increase. Developers, urban planners and organisations should consider how to weave in joyful, green, breathing pockets into high-density urban areas for citizens to connect with nature and engage in physical activity