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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stunning Lodz architecture - the city center and post-industrial 19th century architecture part 1/2 | IN MY LENS


    I visited Łódź for Lodz Design Festival for the first time. I didn't know much about the city before. I expected it to be modern, dynamic, with good architecture as it is third largest city in Poland. And its architecture didn't dissapoint me indeed.
    Lodz was a very important city in 19th century. It was a huge multicultural textile production centre full of enterpreneurs and American dream style careers (have you seen The Promised Land, movie by Andrzej Wajda,  Academy Award-wining Polish director? It is a REALLY good movie, set in 19th century Lodz). However, when the industrial revolution was over the city's splendor also faded. Today it is a huge city with huge 19th century abandoned factories but not enough inhabitants to fill it and use it (maybe Detroit would be a relevant comparison to Lodz? However, the scale is not the same). Lately the investors started to appreciate the ancient factories' architecture and make use of it - one big complex became a commercial center (I am going to write a post about it as its architecture is great), an other was transformed into residential district.
   The buildings in the city center, big and opulent tenement houses, bear witness to the city's former significance. Some, however, cry for restauration. And this is what I wish for the city - so that its good days come back.

Read here the second part of the post on Lodz architecture


Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Art Inkubator - a former factory of Karol Schleiber - is where Łódź Design Festival was held

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz

Art Inkubator - a former factory of Karol Schleiber. I love the old metal floor.


Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Art Inkubator

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Art Inkubator


Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Art Inkubator

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Art Inkubator and...no, it is not a sculpture, these are air filters! :)


Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Piotrkowska street, the very center. On Sunday noon it looks abandoned.

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Piotrkowska street

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Piotrkowska street

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Piotrkowska street and a fantastic tenement house


Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Piotrkowska street
Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Leopold Kindermann villa, 1903. An amazing example of Art Nouveau architecture, by Gustaw Laundau-Gutenteger


Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Leopold Kindermann villa, 1903.

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Izrael Poznanski palace - today Museum of the city of Lodz. Islael Poznanski was a Jewish enterpreneur and one of the richest and most important persons of 19th century Lodz.

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Izrael Poznanski palace
Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Piotrkowska street

Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
As it turns out supermarkets don't need to be THAT ugly - here's a god example of architecture referring to the city's architecture





Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Residential lofts in a former factory


Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Residential lofts in a former factory



Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Residential lofts in a former factory


Lodz architecture, what to see in Lodz, visiting Lodz
Residential lofts in a former factory



Other posts from Łódź Design Festival 2014:

1. 10 fresh ideas from Lodz Design Festival | IN MY LENS
2.  Cute designer lamps I spotted | IN MY LENS
3. Industrial interiors in hipster OFF Piotrkowska in Łodz | IN MY LENS
4.  Shopping inspirations from Lodz Design Festival | THE WEEKLY WANT
5. 9 interior design trends from Lodz Design Festival | IN MY LENS
 



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