The market square is an image of the city’s development and numerous significant events. It has changed its face several times, gaining new development or undergoing demolitions, and it witnessed tragic events during WW2.
In creating a modern space, the design interprets both material and nonmaterial history elements.
The main spot here is the interaction zone made up of: slab-fountains, slab-telescopes exhibiting preserved fragments of the old hall foundations, slab-lights and slab-seats. The martyring zone comprises 40 black floor tiles with engraved names of those murdered, placed in front of the museum at the location of the 1939 execution.
The joints, illuminated at night, make up a glow of light at a scale of a human figure.
The traffic zone is made up of slab-lights along the old tramway line, coinciding with the busiest pedestrian axes. Another zone is the city hall and museum entrance located in place of the old St. Ignacio Church.
Here the telescopes and lights signal the existence of ruins, also stressing the entrance to the most vital buildings.
The composition thus created does not use verbatim quotes, but indirectly draws on history and contributes to the city centre’s high-class modern public space.
It provokes interaction and remains a background for the city’s everyday life.