Warsaw, Poland, 2019
Text by UNStudio
UNStudio’s design for The Bridge high-rise development in Warsaw, Poland, aims to address issues surrounding how new building developments can perform in an urban context in order to create a framework for a sustainable future. With its spatial organisation, the design strategically connects the public spaces around it, whilst also re-inventing the city’s connection to its heritage.
Designed for Ghelamaco and in collaboration with local partner Projekt Polsko-Belgijska Pracownia Architektury, ‘The Bridge’s’ spatial architecture strategically connects the skyscraper with the public spaces around it.
The Bridge connects to the city’s historic heritage by blending the historic Bellona building with the new tower, making it a one-of-a-kind composition in the Polish market.
UNStudio’s design for The Bridge is equipped with environmentally friendly solutions and a smart operating system. Developed and implemented by Ghelamco, this operation system makes efficient access management possible and provides safety solutions in case of an epidemic, such as virucidal UV lamps in the elevators and air tunnels.
The Bridge is the first commercial property in Central and Eastern Europe to have received SmartScore and WiredScore certificates for sustainability. The building is also set to be BREEAM-, Well-, Green Building Standard- and Building Without Barriers certified.
The Bridge offers 47,000 square metres of office space and provides approximately 280 parking spaces, bicycle facilities and chargers for electric cars, alongside a special parking lot for electric bicycles and electric scooters.
A small park next to Grzybowska Street replaces parking spaces that previously took up the location. As such, a green public square leads visitors to the entrance of The Bridge. An additional entrance to the square also leads through the gate of the residence at 73 Grzybowska Street.
Ben van Berkel, Arjan Dingsté with Juergen Heinzel and Stella Nikolakaki, Piotr Kluszczynski, Bogdan Chipara, Vladislava Parfjonova, Fabio Negozio, Ilaria Ronchi, Bart Bonenkamp’ Yinfei Gu, Thys Schreij, Robert Duffield, Daniel Cely