Several hundred years of history of Chwaliszewo Bend was inseparably connected with water, but due to the actions undertaken in the 60s of last century, this relationship has been interrupted. In the past the old bed of Warta River was associated with the industry, logistics and defense. Future plans, according to city authorities, are to transform the area into places with greenery and recreation.
The mission of Water Pavilion project is not to ask questions whether to restore or not to restore the old course of the river, but rather to remind the history of this place.
Creating Water Pavilion at the exact place of old Chwaliszewski Bridge is a consistent implementation of the strategic program for Poznań - "River in the city." This program aims to create a "River Park" in the old riverbed of Warta that consists of a square / meeting place allowing organization of cultural events.
Location of Water Pavilion is not accidental. The concept is to confront the newly design building with history of the place, in order to awake the imagination and encourage passer-by to ask questions.
The pavilion is situated on so called “Imperial Route” and will act as the next stop between City Hall and Ostrow Tumski island, telling the story of the Warta River - so closely linked with the history of Poznan.
Water Pavilion consists of two overlapping interrelated parts - exhibition space and a pedestrian bridge linking the old left-bank of Poznan with Chwaliszewo Island.
Important objectives of the project are:
1st MEMORY - recall the history of the city along with Chwaliszewo Bend in a way that intrigues and stimulates the imagination,
2nd ANIMATION of the process of revitalizing the old riverbed of Warta River by implication of new features