Warsaw University Library - Rooftop Gardens

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Warsaw University Library - Rooftop Gardens Reviews

cotton_foam cotton_f…
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a place to relax after a long wandering time in the city May 13, 2015
Have I seen a playground or a swimming pool built on rooftops? Yes. Underground garden? Yes, too. How about a garden landscaped above an exterior ceiling of a building? No, I have not seen nor been into any, even though rooftop gardens are common since early centuries. The fact is; there are rooftop gardens in the heart of Los Angeles. One of which is a vegetable garden where chefs gathered their fresh greens to serve in some high-class restaurants. I just need to visit it sometime.

Meanwhile, this review is about a rooftop garden located at the University of Warsaw Library. On my trip to Warsaw; it was my first time to see or walk in a rooftop garden, so, it was quite special.

The main purpose of rooftop gardening is food supplementing. However, the Warsaw University Library Rooftop Garden main purpose is a place of relaxation for students, faculty, and visitors. So instead of veggies, the main plants are ornamental, florals, vines, ivies, cactus, and trees even!

With its total land area of one hectare (10,000 square meters,) it is a perfect place for children and adult alike to wander around. It is also a quiet place to curl up with a book since some long benches dotted the garden in the lower level.

There are two levels; the lower and the upper garden. The lower level is where a few trees thrived while the upper garden in four parts is on the Library roof. Differentiated according to form, color and characters are; the golden (yellow plants,) the silver (white shrubs,) the purple (deeply colored plants,) and the green (grasses) gardens. There is an entrance garden on the ramp which connects the lower and upper gardens. On this spot are ivy plants, and the steel pergola-antenna covered with some vines are exquisite.

We made our exit from the garden using the bridge. The interesting part of the bridges is that when I walked into it, I saw the inside of the Library below; through the glass roof. Quite eerie experience, but fun!

The Rooftop Garden of the Library of Warsaw University is beautiful and interesting. Just imagine all the “dirty” work (digging and covering of soils) entailed to create this sanctuary! No one would know that he or she is stepping on a building rooftop but covered with soil until the towering building of the Palace of Culture and Science appears in the view. Visiting this garden is highly recommend! Bring a cup of coffee or tea and a book. Take a time to enjoy! Just make sure to toss liters in the garbage bins just next to the benches.

No entrance fee.

Opening hours:

May 1st to September 30th: 8 a.m. – 8 p. m.

November 1st to March 31st: 8 a. m. – 6 p. m.

April and October: 8 a. m. – 3 p. m.

Will post pictures later. The server won't let me upload the photos right now. :(
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Zagnut66 says:
Rooftop gardens also reduce the heat island effect common in urban areas due to lack of vegetation.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2015
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Chokk Chokk
1727 reviews
The University Library Aug 09, 2009
The University Library was a brilliant experience. Situated close to the canal behind both the Cultural Palace and the Royal Castle, it provided with a great view. It is a green building in all meanings. The steel construction which has cathedral-like proportions is painted green but the green does not stop there; there is also a botanical garden located on the roof.

The facade represents a series of open books, and it is really worthwhile visiting. Much of the exterior is also covered with glass which gives it an open atmosphere. The basement contains bowling alleys and all kind different activities; there are also several bars.

What I found the most striking about the building was the roof garden. It was possible to walk along steel bridges over the glass roof and cobble stone paths between the different green arrangements.
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boxinbcn boxinbcn
73 reviews
Sep 16, 2007
The Warsaw University's library has a fantastic rooftop garden with views of the Vistula River and over 10.000 square meters of beautiful plants, lawns, ponds and even a waterfall.

These gardens were opened to the public on June 12th, 2002 are a great place to see some nice views of the river and are a quiet spot, perfect for reading or relaxing outdoors when the weather is nice. It is close to the city center (about a 15 minute walk from Old Town).

The garden is made up of two sections: an upper garden on the roof of the library building and lower garden below. They are connected by a stream, cascading waterfalls, ramps and stairways.

In the lower garden there are granite sculptures by renowned Polish artist, Ryszard Stryjecki. His series "Szkic sytuacyjny" ("Situational Sketch") refers to cosmological motifs, that being the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe.

The upper garden consists of plants in a 30 cm deep layer of soil on the Library roof. It is divided into four parts which are differentiated by the shapes and colors of the plants. On the north end, the golden garden includes yellow and orange flowering shrubs. The east part is the silver garden and has white flowering shrubs, ornamental grasses and trees including a silver "Swiss" willow which is a really spectactular tree. The south part of the garden is the "purple garden" and west section is known as the green garden with ornamental grasses and shrubs.

Aside from these four major sections of the rooftop garden, there is an entrance garden on the ramp which connects lower and upper gardens. All areas of the garden are interconnected with paths, bridges, and pergolas.

As I said before, from the bridges and the view terrace on the roof you will see a panorama of Warsaw and the Vistula river. You can also look into the Library through both the special windows and the glass roof.

If you're in Warsaw sometime, I recommend seeing these gardens and the library building itself.
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cotton_foam says:
I enjoyed the stroll through the rooftop gardens!! Thumbs up!!
Posted on: Jul 06, 2015
Chokk says:
I really liked this building
Posted on: Aug 12, 2009
boxinbcn says:
I hadn't seen your comment before, Kamja... I really do like the BUW building a lot! Also the supreme court building which I think was also designed by the same architect. This is definitely a great place to go and relax!
Posted on: Dec 17, 2008

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