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.