international firm foster + partners has begun construction work on ‘varso tower’, a 310 meter-tall (1,017 ft) skyscraper that will become poland’s tallest building. located in central warsaw, the structure will primarily contain offices, with an observation deck positioned 230 meters (755 ft) above ground. there will be also be a restaurant on levels 46 and 47, while shops and cafés will occupy the lower levels. it is intended that the 140,000 square meter (1,506,947 sqf) development will host both large international companies as well as smaller start-ups, with average floorplates of up to 4,000 square meters (43,055 sqf). the scheme’s completion is scheduled for 2020.
all images courtesy of foster + partners
foster + partners’ design forms part of ‘varso’, a flagship development from international real estate developer HB reavis. situated next to the city’s main railway station, the project seeks to revive one of warsaw’s most centrally positioned brownfield sites. the convenient location also ensures a range of public transport links. the masterplan includes two further low and mid-rise office buildings designed by hermanowicz rewski architects that will cascade to establish a shared multi-storey podium. topped with green roof-top terraces, these structures will form a central frontage at street level.
the project’s completion is scheduled for 2020
‘we believe that varso tower will have a unique place on warsaw’s skyline, but most importantly it will establish a new destination capable of revitalizing this urban quarter, right in the heart of the city,’ says grant brooker, head of studio at foster + partners. ‘the building contains high-quality and flexible office space, but it also makes an important contribution to the city with its glazed public courtyard at ground level and the spectacular viewing platforms with restaurants at the top. these public galleries offer panoramic views of the city to everyone.’