Ghelamco will soon start construction of another skyscraper in Warsaw
Ghelamco starts preparations for the construction of The Bridge skyscraper. The building will stand at the intersection of Towarowa and Grzybowska streets, near Plac Europejskie. It will offer top-class office space.
The Bridge is Ghelamco’s latest project. A 174-metre high skyscraper will stand next to the former Bellona publishing house. Both buildings will be connected by a common lobby creating an unprecedented composition on Polish market. Architectural concept of the skyscraper has been developed by Dutch architectural studio UNStudio in cooperation with Polish-Belgian Architecture Studio Projekt. UNStudio is an internationally recognised architectural studio established over 30 years ago in Amsterdam. It has built many buildings that have been appreciated in international competitions. These include such icons as the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the Doha metro system in Qatar and the Erasmusbrug suspension bridge in Rotterdam. In turn, Projekt studio is a recognised design studio in Poland, which is, among others, co-designer of the Warsaw Spire skyscraper and designer of the Warsaw UNIT office building.
– For UNStudio, designing a new high-rise always means thinking about how new developments will function in a wider, urban context – creating a framework for a sustainable future. Our project does exactly that: with its unique spatial organization, it brings the public areas around it closer together; but most importantly, it renews the city’s connection to its heritage by combining the historic Bellona building and the new tower into one composition, says Arjan Dingste, Director and Senior Architect at UNStudio.
The Bridge will offer 47 thousand square metres of top-class office space. The 40-storey building will be equipped with about 280 parking spaces and facilities for cyclists (147 spaces as well as lockers and showers). It will also have the most modern technical and pro-ecological solutions. The building will have, among others, chargers for electric cars and a special car park for electric scooters and bicycles with 20 charging spaces. There will also be an operating system implemented (developed by Ghelamco), allowing for efficient access control management and solutions increasing its safety in case of an epidemic (among others, virucidal UV lamps which will be placed in lifts and air handling units). The building will be certified in WELL and BREEAM systems – and Green Building Standard. It will also have a “Barrier Free Facility” certificate.
– We are delighted to be able to present customers with another very distinctive project. Designed by an internationally recognized design studio, The Bridge building will combine the future with the past, offering tenants a unique atmosphere, a climate that cannot be found in any skyscraper in Warsaw – says Jarosław Zagórski, Sales and Development Director at Ghelamco Poland.
Importantly, the Bellona building – whose façade was painstakingly restored in 2016 – will be preserved and connected to the tower. This will create a symbolic bridge connecting the old architecture with the modern building. The effect of this connection will be an unusual lobby, which will connect the two buildings.
European Square will gain new functions
For the duration of the construction of the skyscraper, part of Plac Europejski will be closed off. However, popular restaurants and a café will still function there. The fountain, a children’s favourite, will also continue to operate.
In the future, a mini park will be created on the side of Grzybowska Street, in the place where a car park was previously located. In this way the entrance to The Bridge will lead through a green square, and the European square itself will come closer to Towarowa Street and Grzybowska Street, where through the lobby of the skyscraper it will be possible to access its main part. An additional entrance to the square will also lead through the gate of the tenement house at 73 Grzybowska Street, which will soon undergo a thorough renovation.
The ground floor of the skyscraper, on the side of the European square, will house a café. In addition, on the top floor of the former Bellona publishing house there will be space for a restaurant with a terrace.
– We feel great responsibility for this place. We want the Europa Square to return to the map of Warsaw in an even better version and to meet the expectations of all residents of Warsaw – says Jarosław Zagórski.
The square itself, after the completion of the construction, will be planted with new greenery, but the usable form of the square – designed by the renowned Belgian design studio Wirtz International – will not change.
The anticipated completion date for The Bridge is the end of 2024.