The infrastructure and urban layout of the Nikiszowiec Housing Estate – an architectural wonder and historical monument

key words: Nikiszowiec, miners' housing estate, unique architecture, urban layout

Summary:

The study focuses on the unique architecture, urban layout, infrastructure and spatial order of the Nikiszowiec housing estate in Katowice. The workers' estate was built for the people working in the "Giesche" mine between the years 1908-1918. One of the site's more interesting features is its logical and coherent urban composition. It comprises of 9 enclosed blocks of varying size, which contain stores and other service facilities apart from ground floor residential developments. The numerous architectural details, aptly implemented and interesting in their design, prevent the feeling of monotony, despite the buildings being built using red mudbrick, which adds to the site's uniform style, form and colour. The estate is nowadays referred to as an "architectural wonder" and is considered a historical monument.

Citation:

Gonda-Soroczyńska E. 2013. The infrastructure and urban layout of the Nikiszowiec Housing Estate – an architectural wonder and historical monument. Infrastruktura i Ekologia Terenów Wiejskich. Nr 2013/ 04 (3 (Dec 2013))