Even though DOKI will become a brand new, bustling living space of Gdańsk, the inspiration behind its emergence one can find in the robust history of the surrounding area.

This is where in XIV century a town got established, through which a main northward trail led from the Main Town towards Oliwa and Wrzeszcz. The area marked its existence as a vital, historical defence point on the Gdańsk map, becoming an integral part of the fortification, whose beginnings date back to the XVI century.

However, the true revolution was yet to come. The turn of the XIX and XX centuries marks the time of the most dynamic growth of the district, and the establishment and expansion of the Caesar Shipyard and Schichaua Shipyard, which after WWII became the headquarters of the Gdańsk Shipyard.

City plan Danzig from 1807. Collection from Danzig-online.pl portal, courtesy of Wojciech Gruszczyński

Symbol of freedom

The shipyard area represents the cradle of Polish freedom – this is where Solidarity was born, and in 1989 the final collapse of communism in Poland was marked. The investment of Euro Styl and Torus will emerge right next to the legendary Gate no. 2, which became a recognizable symbol worldwide.

Monument of Three Crosses (Pomnik Trzech Krzyży) on the Solidarity Square in Gdańsk, unveiling, Dec 16, 1980 (author: architect Jacek Strużyński)