described as ‘blob-like’, this new mixed-used building designed by gottesman-szmelcman architecture is wroclaw’s newest structure combining residential, commercial, hospitality and retail spaces.
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the amorphic design that was envisioned required alternative building techniques in order to be fully realized. after considering various options, gottesman-szmelcman architecture chose to clad the building in corian panels. the particular form of the building is a result of the traditional urban guidelines of the city of wroclaw and the desire to envelop the diverse set of spatial requirements within a unified skin.
the structure combines residential, commercial, hospitality and retail spaces in the heart of poland’s fourth largest city
the OVO wroclaw’ establishes a new vision of urban living within the polish city. the scheme wraps around two courtyards and combines 180 luxury residences, a five-star doubletree by hilton, corporate offices with high-end retail spaces, all within a rounded exterior that seamlessly blends the curved lines of the building with a minimalism that typifies the interior spaces
one of the inner courtyard spaces
‘designing the OVO was a group undertaking, a process of research that required several members of the practice to contribute from their accumulated experience, technical skills and emotional and intellectual sensibility. to varying degrees, ovo wroclaw is a sculpture, an expression of culture, a manifestation of optimism, a functional and efficient building, a social and cultural generator; a ‘miniature city.’ – asaf gottesman, head architect
a five-star doubletree by hilton
the hilton includes 189 rooms and suites
The envelope is clad in corian panels
the juxtaposing between old and new
the 5,000-square-meter retail space will feature a massive inner-green courtyard that will host cultural events
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