Long-Term Storage H, Gdynia
Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa pl

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The storage facility is one of the most characteristic type of port buildings. It combines functionalism and constructivism. The structure has retained the same function from its inception to the present day.

History

The long-term storage was built in 1932.

Description

The historic building is located at the Polish Quay, on the south side of Polska Street, in the Port of Gdynia. It is a free-standing structure, situated on a separate plot, and built on a rectangular floor plan. It is compact and consists of five storeys with three avant-corps in the southern façade. As a port building, the storage facility has a very distinctive monolithic frame structure filled with bricks. This monolithic frame is clearly discernible from the outside and is the main element of articulation and decoration of all façades. The ceilings, floors and interior stairs are made of reinforced concrete. The roof is flat, made of reinforced concrete, and covered with roofing paper. The roof of the unloading ramps was made of reinforced glass, and the window opening infills were made of glass in steel.

The façades are axisymmetric. The longer north and south façade have a similar shape; the distinct horizontal articulation of the building was achieved by means of exposed structural components, roofed ramps, and crowning cornice. Vertical accents are three rows of windows extending along the entire height of the building. Seven axes of window openings are grouped in the central part, while three axes were grouped on both sides in fourth bays (from the corners of the building).

Window verticals provide additional illumination for staircases. These rows of windows in the southern façade jut out from the face and were additionally topped by glazed gables in the form of belvederes. The eastern and western façades were designed in a similar manner. The have seven axes and feature a glazed central bay. Window openings in all façades occupy the upper third structural part of the framework of each level of the building. The lower two-thirds are filled with bricks. The building is equipped with nine lifts.

The building can only be viewed from the outside.

compiled by Dorota Hryszkiewicz-Kahlau, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Gdańsk, 03-11-2014.

Bibliography

  • Sołtysik M.J., Gdynia miasto dwudziestolecia międzywojennego, urbanistyka i architektura, Warszawa 1993;
  • Sołtysik M.J., Modernistyczna Gdynia - dziedzictwo lat międzywojennych, [w:] Renowacje i zabytki 2010, nr 4 (36), s.60-73;
  • Karta ewidencyjna zabytków architektury i budownictwa Magazyn długoterminowy „H”, Gdynia, Ewa Stieler, 1988;
  • http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zabytki_Gdyni
  • http://gdynia.fotopolska.eu/Gdynia/b62481,Magazyn_dlugoterminowy__H.html

General information

  • Type: utility building
  • Chronology: lata 30. XX w.
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Nabrzeże Polskie, Polska 17 , Gdynia
  • Location: Voivodeship pomorskie, district Gdynia, commune Gdynia
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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