Superjednostka Housing Block, Katowice

Katowice, Poland’s 10th largest city and a rapidly emerging metropolis, is home to many monuments to concrete built during the Communist Era. The grandest is the Superjednostka, one of the largest housing estates in Poland.

In use since 1972, in contains 762 flats and rests on legs made of reinforced concrete to minimize tectonic tremors and to facilitate wind flow. Given a typical family of four, that’s more than 3,000 close neighbors. Garage space is at a premium – only 173 spaces exist in the underground parking area.

Fifty-one meters high and 187.5 long, it covers 37,600 square meters (404,723 square feet), has nine staircases and 12 elevators that stop on every third floor. It also has its own electricity and water supply.

[Source: Polish Wikipedia. ]

Superjednostka Housing Block, Katowice, Poland

Todays Pic du Jour, the 163rd (!) straight, was snapped in Katowice, Poland, on 18-Jun-2014.

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And on this day from the Piran Café archive:

2013 – A headline with the word boobies. Your 30 seconds of Zen brought you by my short video notebook, Thirty Seconds With Four Blue-Footed Boobies on Isla de la Plata. Enjoy!

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  1. Milosz Zak says

    These were advertised as so modern in their day, way ahead of the West, nowadays thousands of buildings like these are a struggle to maintain, repair, and to make them warmer during Eastern Europe’s harsh winters. Perhaps the only positive product of the Communist era was that Poland’s cities were rebuilt after total devastation during WW2 – too bad, however, that the ‘new age’ of socialism meant this.

  2. Bob R says

    Interestingly, these sort of mammoth structures, many built during the 1960s and 1970s, quickly fell on hard times in the west, too.

    Slovenia and other parts of the former Yugoslavia has its share of these as well. We don’t have one quite this large here in Slovenia though. 🙂

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