https://www.fosterandpartners.com/projects/varso-tower/Warsaw office tower becomes EU’s tallest building
Polskie Radio 28.02.2021 07:15
Warsaw’s Varso Tower has become the tallest building in the European Union after the installation of its 80-metre spire, its developer has said. With its architectural height of 310 metres, Warsaws Varso Tower is now the tallest building in the European Union, 10 metres taller than the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt, Germany. With its architectural height of 310 metres, Varso Tower is now the tallest building in the 27-nation bloc, surpassing existing skyscrapers in Frankfurt, Milan and Paris, according to international real estate developer HB Reavis.
Earlier, after reaching a roof height of 230 metres, the high-rise became the tallest building in Poland. The 53-storey skyscraper is being developed by HB Reavis according to a design by the Foster+Partners studio. Scheduled for completion next year, the building will feature two observation decks, at 205 and 230 metres, twice as high as the viewing deck of the nearby Palace of Culture and Science.
The skyscraper is part of the Varso Place multifunctional complex under development in Warsaw city centre. The complex comprises offices, a hotel, an innovation centre and a shopping and service arcade.
Source: bankier.pl, property-forum.eu
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Varso Tower is a premium office tower in the heart of Warsaw located close to the Palace of Culture and Science. The building has a direct underground link with the adjacent Warsaw Central Station, which is a transport hub for international and regional trains, as well as local trams and buses. At 310 metres, it is the tallest tower in the European Union, and is an integral part of the Varso masterplan that revitalises the surrounding urban quarter which was blighted during the Second World War.
The 53-storey structure has a unique presence on Warsaw’s skyline, and forms a gateway to the rest of the Varso development. Situated at the corner of Jana Pawla II and Chmielna Street, it draws people through the building towards a public plaza on its western end that connects to the neighbouring buildings. The social heart of the building is a plaza enclosed within a glazed box, animated with full height trees and benches for people to enjoy the surroundings. This ‘urban room’ forms the point of confluence between people who work in the offices – who may use it as a sit-out during breaks – and the public, to access the shops and restaurants in the neighbouring buildings.
The public realm continues at the top of the tower – accessed directly from the ground via two panoramic lifts – with a viewing platform at level 53: the highest inhabited floor in Poland, that has uninterrupted views of Warsaw. Levels 49-46, contain a fully landscaped terrace bar, overlooking the Vistula River and the dome of the Palace of Culture and Science, and restaurants and shops to enjoy the unique views on offer.
The offices are served by two banks of high-capacity double-deck lifts, with each car serving two floors at any one time. With 69,000 square-metres of premium office space, the tower features large-span floorplates with three-metre clear height for open plan offices. The building is rated BREEAM Excellent with triple-glazed façades, conforming to the 2021 Polish Energy ratings.