- category: completed
- address: Warsaw, F. Nullo Street
- area: 3464 m2
- built: 2005 – 2007
The building is located in a special area of the centre of Warsaw, in close proximity to prestigious buildings and urban complexes (the areas of the Sejm (Parliament) of the Republic of Poland, the Three Crosses Square, Frascati Street, the Warsaw Stock Exchange, embassies) as well as to open park areas of the Warsaw Escarpment. The surrounding buildings were erected by the best architects in the Capital in both the interwar period and after the World War II: Bohdan Pniewski, Bogdan Lachert, Józef Szanajca, Józef Sigalin, Jerzy Gelbard, Stanisław Fiszer and Piotr Szaroszyk. The primary assumption of the design was to create a building of a scale and in a style corresponding to the valuable elements of the surroundings and, at the same time, possessing the characteristics of modern architecture of high standard.
The edifice consists of two visually different parts. The main mass of the building – distinguished by the light façades made of travertine and glass – contains inside it the most important usable floor areas. Owing to the considerable glazings, the office rooms open up into the park surroundings and the quantity of light reaching its interiors is regulated by the system of shutters and screens.Architecturally, this part has a classical composition, of the ordered and calm divisions. Its optical counterpoint is the closed, covered with graphite slate, mass from the slope’s side, containing the entrance lobby and conference rooms.
An observer walking along Francesco Nullo Street can see the soft, compact mass of the east elevation, which smoothly transforms into the “classical” façade and further into the modern, transparent and geometric structure of the west elevation. The moveable sun screens on the elevation from the side of Frascati Street have the form of glass panels with the overprint, which after their closing creates one large-format picture. Similar elements on the façade from the side of Francesco Nullo Street were made from travertine, owing to which after drawing the sun screens the front of the building takes on the appearance of a stone monolith. The moveable elements of the elevation results in its constantly being subject to undergo subtle changes and the building takes on diverse architectural appearances.
The ambience of the interiors is created by warm and natural materials – wooden wall and ceiling linings, contrasted with finishes of a simple and technical character, made of glass, architectural concrete and polished steel. An important role is played by the greenery integrated with the architecture: islands of ornamental grasses in the patios of the rooms on the ground floor, climbing plants of the east wall and miniature fruit trees on the top floor terrace.
Project Authors: Stefan Kuryłowicz, Paweł Grodzicki, Paweł Gumuła, Piotr Żabicki, Piotr Kuczyński