CENTREVILLE Drobnera Wrocław

 

The building fills in the quarter bounded by Drobnera and Śrutowa Streets, directly adjacent to a 19th century tenement house with rich eclectic decor. This part of the city centre is heavily invested, has a clear urban structure with defined quarters of streets and squares. Centreville complements the historical frontage of Drobnera Street, crucial for the Nadodrze district. As in the case of the neighboring building, the corner of Drobnera and Śrutowa Streets is accented with a flanking accent. Two last storeys have been withdrawn and free space has been assigned for residents’ view terraces.

On the most exposed elevations, solid brick was used, a material with both functional (resistance to urban conditions and passage of time) and decorative qualities, characteristic for this part of the city. The elevation glitters with several shades of browns and grays.  The composition is complemented by large wooden windows and aluminum bands around them. It is important for contemporary buildings to fit into the urban tissue without ostentation and pretension to dominate.

WEST4 BUSINESS HUB

WEST4 BUSINESS HUB office building; WROCŁAW, NA OSTATNIM GROSZU st.

Set in the chaotic urban fabric, the object was planned to clearly define the basic city elements of the new quarter of office buildings. Simple form, classic divisions, limited palette of colors, reduced means of expression, repeatability and modularity were the guidelines that gave direction to all design decisions. The façade of the building is a derivative of its function, to ensure the possibility of changes and adaptation of the interior, properly illuminate the surface. All decorations were minimized in order to maintain the rhythm and contrast of light and shadow, the only medium left in the composition of the office building.
The main entrance is accentuated with a two-story arcade.
In the interiors (common areas) natural materials (wooden cladding) and decorative greenery were used.

NEW TOWN SQUARE (Buildings A and B) Poznań

NOWY TARG OFFICE AND RETAIL BUILDING, WROCŁAW

Nowy Targ is our next experience with building of entire city block. The area measuring 145x45m is located within the historic Old Town and guarded by a very rigorous zoning plan. The project selected in the competition was preceded by complex analyses of property structure, intended to come up with an optimal strategy for various ownership scenarios. What ultimately materialised was a variant that was most favourable for the city structure, in which, thanks to the investor’s acquisition of two additional private properties, we managed to avoid disparate juxtapositions and random divisions.

The post-war development of Nowy Targ square (designed by Ryszard Natusiewicz, Włodzimierz Czerechowski, and Anna and Jerzy Tarnawski) has been undergoing gradual restoration for several years, as has its surface – rebuilt in 2013 according to Roman Rutkowski’s design. The neighbouring edifice of the Municipal Office (the former Presidium of the Silesian Province, designed by Karl Löwe) serves as a yardstick against which other structures in this urban space are measured. In this very precisely defined context, we wanted the building to bear the hallmarks of metropolitan architecture with the proper scale, adapted to the surroundings and using durable materials. At the same time, we tried to create an office building model that would not be an introverted structure that only benefits from the perfect location and the existing infrastructure of the city. Our overarching intention was to provide the building with a ground floor bustling with shops and service outlets that would be available to residents also after office hours. In the concept submitted for the competition, we proposed the construction of a seven-storey building with rhythmic, concrete-and-glass facades with characteristic cut-outs in the form of courtyards located on the second floor level and viewing terraces. As part of the ultimate development of the area, comprehensive activities have been planned throughout the entire quarter: reconstruction of ul. Wita Stwosza, planting of a row of plane trees along ul. Św. Katarzyny (preceded by unprecedented public consultations) and the location of a coherent set of elements of street furniture. The façade shows a clear structure of divisions resulting from the external conditions imposed by the surroundings and the assumed functional division of the interiors. The reach and size of the spatial elements cross-section varied depending on the compositional role and location within individual façades, and after numerous experiments the decision was made to expose the sunken aggregate by graining the surface of prefabricated elements.

We hope that in discussions about the future of our cities, Nowy Targ will be an example of an office building location which, due to the vitality of several thousand employees and publicly-available ground floors accessible directly from the street, positively affects the dynamics and liveliness of nearby streets and becomes an important element preventing functional monoculture in city centres.

Green 2Day

The construction of the two office buildings – Green Day and Green2Day – was a special adventure. In this case, one plus one is more than two. The modern bodies of the buildings and the public spaces surrounding them have become a hallmark of an agglomeration focused on high quality of life.

Due to the investor’s vast experience in constructing office buildings in Poland’s biggest cities, we managed to come up with the best solutions for the remarkable location. The buildings are situated in one of the most prestigious parts of Wrocław, in close proximity to important monuments, university facilities and public buildings. This is why throughout the design phase much emphasis was put on creating timeless, impressive-looking objects.

The designed buildings filled in the quarter and partially closed the vistas of Szczytnicka and Kardynała Kominka streets. Allocating the ground floor to public, freely-available functions enriches the functional offer of this part of the city, strengthens the nearby walking routes and contributes to the management of tourist traffic from Ostrów Tumski and the river boulevards. By being situated at the junction of important thoroughfares, the object becomes a benchmark for further development along Szczytnicka St. The comprehensive renovation of the surface of pavements and bike paths near the buildings, located on land owned by the city, testifies to care about the quality of surroundings and embeds the buildings in the city fabric.

Embedding the buildings in the architectural context and optimising their typology were the two leitmotifs of the design. The adopted architectural assumptions were reflected in the clear plan of the buildings, with optimal depths of bays and elevation divisions that ensure a freedom of arrangement and good provision of daylight, both in open space and cell office models. The quality of building materials was paramount in order to secure the safety of the construction process and the long lifetime of the buildings. In accordance with the investor’s standards, the objects were certified under the LEED system with respect to their compliance with the principles of sustainable development. The fit-out was designed for a large international company as a smart working space.

The squares in front of the buildings are smoothly integrated into a new pedestrian route near a river boulevard and thus become new spots in the centre of Wrocław, contributing to the city’s character and vitality. The office buildings contain workplaces for several thousand people. We did our best to guarantee the comfort of work inside and the friendliness of space outside the buildings.

GREEN TOWERS