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Old September 7th, 2016, 02:19 PM   #2661
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now warsaw is a big town with good infrastructure
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Old September 10th, 2016, 11:53 AM   #2662
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Warsaw has been a fatty for long time, excluding a short period after it got spanked by the war.
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Old September 11th, 2016, 02:04 AM   #2663
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not sure I would call the destruction of Warsaw a spanking exactly, but it seems to be thriving again.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 08:31 AM   #2664
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Amazing transformations achieved, on going and planned. If they would only deliver the reconstruction of Saxon and Bruhl palaces?..
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Old September 13th, 2016, 06:36 PM   #2665
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That would really be a dream come true and of course the redevelopment of the Plac Defilad (Parade Grounds in front of the Palace of Culture). Some new visuals of latter which should be starting (without political interference) possible even this year:



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Old September 14th, 2016, 02:20 AM   #2666
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redevelopment of the Plac Defilad (Parade Grounds in front of the Palace of Culture).
What exactly is the situation with Plac Defilad? My understanding is that this design is one of many and the winner has not yet been chosen - but also a woman wants to preserve the square as it is?
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Old September 14th, 2016, 02:34 AM   #2667
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Barbara Jezierska, the voivoid (provincial) conservator wants to preserve some built components such as the dais, but is not opposed to revitalizing the square from what I understand. The design is being refined, above is the most recent iteration. The project for the square and underground parking is supposed to be tendered maybe even this year if all works out.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 04:16 AM   #2668
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From overt hostility to grudging co-existence, am warming to the necessity of embracing the PKiN. It would surely be the crowning glory to integrate Plac Defilad and weave this edifice into the urban fabric of the city. How good would it feel not to have to strive to keep it out of my peripheral vision...
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Old September 14th, 2016, 06:04 PM   #2669
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This new square to be called Tadeusz Kantor Square will no doubt connect this grandiose structure to the city, it will stand out less and be so much more approachable when this no man's land around it is finally civilized.
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This new square to be called Tadeusz Kantor Square will no doubt connect this grandiose structure to the city, it will stand out less and be so much more approachable when this no man's land around it is finally civilized.
What about the area on the Jeresolimskie side? Keeping the fountain and trees will surely disrupt plans for develoment?

Will the skyscrapers still be built at the back?

This plac looks similar to plac Grzybowski - it would be nice to have a continuation from one plac to another - through Swietokrzyskie Park and a pedestrian underpass under Swietokrzyskie steet.

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Old September 15th, 2016, 04:38 AM   #2671
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plans are a little up in the air because of intentions expressed by the new voivod conservator Barbara Jezierska. She wants to preserve more of the original socialist realist structures including entrances to Srodmiescie Station. Kind of strange given how anti-communist the PIS party from whence she hails is - they are even in support of demolishing the Palace of Culture, but of course they would first have to buy it. It's possible that this is just political, besides the official plan (MPZP) for the Plac Defilad district has been approved.

I would like to see a proper street face mirroring the south side of Jerozolimska, so that this section of the street begins to have a sense of place.

A connection between Grzybowski Square and Plac Defilad would be great, although underpasses are rarely successful from what I have seen. I would prefer to have a simple pedestrian crossing on Swietokrzyska and a formalized path connection, costs less too and money could be better spent on pedestrian amenities that would make such a connection desirable to pedestrians.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 04:18 PM   #2672
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Archaeologists conducting excavations in Warsaw’s northern district of Marymont, discovered remains of a summer palace built for king Jan III Sobieski (Eng. John III Sobieski), known for his victory over the Turks at the 1683 Battle of Vienna.



The palace at Marymont was built in 1691-1696 based on the project created by the famous architect Tylman van Gameren for the King of Poland, Jan III Sobieski. The area where the structure was built was named Marie Mont, Mary’s Hill, and later polonised to Marymont. It was a small palace settled on the high escarpment over Vistula river. It was built on a rectangular plan and served the royal pair as a private residence and a hunting estate for the king. It is here that the king met with the envoys asking for help against the Ottoman invasion. In 1727 king August II Mocny (Eng. Augustus II the Strong) bought the estate from the Sobieski family and established a private zoo at Marymont where he and his son, later king August III spent time during hunts in the nearby forests. In the early 19th century an agricultural institute was established here. In later times the Russian army occupied the area and finally in the 20s-30s of the 20th century the building served as a chapel.





The excavations revealed remains of old architectural structures and small finds. The archaeologists believe to have found a corner of the lower terrace of the palace. Wall fragments from different periods were discovered, including both the original and from World War II time. Numerous artefacts were obtained during excavations, including coins, pottery and metal objects that are undergoing conservation. Archaeologists plan to excavate the whole area of the hill to uncover and document the remains of the palace.



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Old September 19th, 2016, 09:51 PM   #2673
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Restoration of Stefan Szyller's Zlota 1 fašade from 1899 continues:

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a slender office building was raised at the rear of the property



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fantastic renovations and progress!
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Old October 1st, 2016, 10:52 PM   #2675
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Couple of grand old dames getting a facelift on Jerusalem Allee:



This limestone-clad 1930's functionalist-style luxury tenement by Jˇzef Steinberg has been added to the historic register. The tattered and pockmarked survivor was built in 1938.







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Hotel Tamka - coming soon to repair Tamka streetface



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Restored and Revitalized Koszyki Hall designed by JEMS Architekci to open soon. The new market hall is to be a gastronomic mekka on the city map while maintaining a traditional market function. Here are some recent pics. Opening was to have been in September, but it now looks like mid-October:





































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Food as Fashion: Reviving a Historic Food Hall in Warsaw, Poland

By Mike Phillips

October 3, 2016

Whereas once developers might have taken every opportunity to fill new city-center retail projects with boutique or high-street fashion brands, now food and drink are increasingly at the front and center of their strategy.

Developers are quickly realizing that developments and destinations centered around food, such as Borough Market in London or Chelsea Market in New York City, increasingly draw large numbers of people, meaning they are profitable in and of themselves, but can also have significant benefits for nearby assets like offices.

So it comes as little surprise that when Polish firm Griffin Real Estate took possession of a dilapidated food market hall in the center of Warsaw in 2012, rather than seek to change its ethos toward fashion like previous owners had, it created a development that dovetailed the site’s history with the current hunger for food-led destinations in city centers.

Opening this week is Hala Koszyki (which roughly translates as Basket Hall), which will be a 172,000-square-foot (16,000 sq m) project comprising 118,000 square feet (11,000 sq m) of retail space and restaurants and 54,000 square feet (5,000 sq m) of offices in Warsaw’s city center.

The retail element will see a former market hall built in 1906 redeveloped and refurbished into a project almost entirely devoted to restaurants, food stalls, and food-related shops, selling items such as kitchenware, food books, and, of course, food. The development also has some high-end book and design stores. New offices are being erected on the site as well as behind the hall.

The project will feature restaurants ranging from small independents to high-end cuisine and everything in between, with a small number of chain formats as well. A broad range of global cuisine will be featured, so Asian fusion and Moroccan concepts will sit alongside a modern take on the very traditional local staple of the polish sausage sandwich. It will also feature the longest bar in Poland, at 66 feet (20 m).

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“We looked at the city and thought we didn’t want to do yet another fashion-driven scheme,” says Przemyslaw Krych, founder and chief executive of Griffin, which counts U.S. private equity firm Oaktree among its backers.

“We wanted to do something more specific based around food and gastronomy, something that taps into the lifestyle people are living today. It is something that Warsaw currently does not have.”

How Griffin came to take over the project is very much related to the recent past of real estate. The firm bought the development from lenders to Irish entrepreneur Derek Quinlan, who went bust during the last cycle. He and his team had struggled to get the scheme off the ground, initially due to design factors and later due to capital constraints.

But the history of Hala Koszyki is very much based around food. It was a general food market until World War II, with farmers from across Poland bringing wares to be sold in the capital.

It was damaged during the war, and then in the postwar period it was run as a food cooperative. As the communist era drew to a close during the 1980s, however, the market gradually fell out of use and the building fell into disrepair.

Krych says that it made sense to embrace this history and association with the new development.

“Warsovians do consider this location to be food related, and for decades it has been known for that,” he says. “From that perspective, it is easier to introduce this kind of development. It will have food concepts and formats from across the world, put into the context of Warsaw.”

The exemplar in many ways that all such projects are following is Borough Market in London. The collection of independent food and market stalls in a series of abandoned railway arches next to the River Thames attracts 4.5 million visitors a year, and has gentrified the surrounding area, which now features many permanent high-end shops and restaurants.

Last year, private equity firm Meyer Bergman revealed plans for a ú300 million (US$390 million) retail project next door, and Irvine Seller, the developer of the next-door Shard, has talked of the appeal to occupiers of the 660,000-square-foot (61,000 sq m) office tower that the market brings.

Krych echoes this point about the appeal to office occupiers. The office element of the project is 80 percent leased before opening.

“It’s very much a lifestyle destination, and a place where people want to meet friends, go out after work, or take a business client for lunch,” he says. “It is the kind of place that is very appealing to young people, who want to work and go out in the same place. We have worked on the design to allow us to link the office and retail elements, and that gives the offices a feel of being in a very lively area.”

The design and construction have been crucial, given that the project combines the redevelopment of an early-20th-century structure and three completely new office buildings. Authenticity is key with such schemes, and they have to feel like they have already been part of the city immediately after they have been developed.

The original facade has been retained, including wrought-iron gates and parts of decorative sculptures of a bull and a mermaid.

The red-brick market hall has been redeveloped using recycled materials including recycled bricks. And every effort has been made to make the new buildings harmonious.

“We didn’t want the old building to look like something from Disneyworld—you have to rebuild it, but so that it looks like it has already been used, so we used a lot of recycled materials,” Krych says. “And we didn’t want the new buildings to dominate the older building. So we have used a lot of neutral colors and neutral materials with no ornamentation to make sure they were discrete.”

Every modern city today has its gastronomic destinations, and Warsaw is about to join that club.
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after the chaotic, dense fabric of tenements was laid waste by war and cleared diligently by homo sovieticus in Wola district, a new bright, light, spacious and uniform modernist utopia rose up, Warsaw's Plan Voisin:



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Old Town restoration on Freta Street - Marie Curie-Sklodowska House:



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