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Old November 18th, 2011, 11:54 PM   #1
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WARSAW | UBS Tower | 188m | Pro

Architect
schmidt hammer lassen architects

Client
UBS Real Estate Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH

Area
60,000 m2

Height
188m (617ft)

Status
Construction period 2012-2016

Engineer
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Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen have been named as winners of a design competition for a high-rise office
development project on Rondo ONZ in the center of Warsaw. The project shall replace the Ilmet Office Building,
which was acquired in 2005 by UBS Real Estate Kapitalanlagegesellschaft. The object of the competition was to design a 60,000 sqm
office tower that would become a new landmark in the Warsaw skyline, with eight design entries being presented.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen is an award-winning international architect based in Aarhus and Copenhagen.
Recent projects include the Amazon Court office building in Prague, the Congress Center in Malmö,
the University Library in Aberdeen, and a number of other commissions in China and Europe."





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Ilmet Tower (83m to roof and 103m with the Mercedes logo) - will be unfortunately
demolished to make space for new taller building.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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I prefer stone facades to glass cladding, that's why I can't really be pleased with this project. The existing highrise looks like a decent example of postmodern architectur. When was it built?
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Old November 19th, 2011, 12:45 AM   #3
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It was build in 1997 so it's quite not old.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 12:54 AM   #4
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It was build in 1997 so it's quite not old.
14 years old, and it must already be destroyed! A little bit a waste of ressources...

But the new building doesn't look too bad. A normal project, not too spectacular.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 11:52 AM   #5
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This project is 200m+.

The old building Ilmet (83 meters ) has a low quality office spaces and it didn't have much space inside to lent.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #6
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14 years old, and it must already be destroyed! A little bit a waste of ressources...

But the new building doesn't look too bad. A normal project, not too spectacular.
It's probably not the final version of this project so it's a bit early to judge but I liked the previous one better:
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It's not the first building from the '90 to be demolished in Warsaw but it's the first highrise in Poland to meet this fate, too bad because it was one of the best buildings from this period.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 07:04 AM   #7
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14 years old, and it must already be destroyed! A little bit a waste of ressources...

But the new building doesn't look too bad. A normal project, not too spectacular.
still it´s a pitty, that they demolish the old building....there a enough really ugly commieblocks they could replace...
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Old November 21st, 2011, 07:02 PM   #8
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It will be really hard to demolish commieblocks, where people lives. Actualy it's unreal now. So investors must find another place to built their skyscrapers.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 08:23 PM   #9
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The other building was ok but this will be a better replacement. I like the design, as it's not a block like so many skyscrapers can be. They played with the form of the building so it's good.
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Old November 21st, 2011, 08:37 PM   #10
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The problem with the Ilmet building is, that the project seems to be outdated. The floors are difficult to arrange, and also the ratio of office floor and the place taken by technical objects and lifts seems to be unsatisfactory, which makes the building uncompetitive in comparison with other modern buildings.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 06:32 PM   #11
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Here is another render of the tower with two other towers planned in the vicinity


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Old November 22nd, 2011, 06:49 PM   #12
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Looks like this area will become more dense.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 02:04 AM   #13
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http://wbj.pl/article-57023-ubs-plan...r.html?typ=ise

UBS plans 188-meter Warsaw skyscraper
22nd November 2011

Swiss financial services firm UBS has decided to have its 103-meter tall Ilmet building knocked down and replaced with a new 188-meter tower. UBS says that the Ilmet building, located at Rondo ONZ in Warsaw's Wola district, is neither tall or modern enough.

Danish company Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects designed the new structure. A company representative declined to reveal the cost of the investment.

The new, 60,000 sqm high-rise building is to stand out as a modern landmark “in the Warsaw skyline while at the same time capturing the full potential of the outstanding historic location,” John Lassen, a founding partner of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, said in a statement.

The new building will comprise three connected but individually stepped rectangular volumes, whose heights will increase the further east they are positioned. The structure will also feature an open lobby that will allow people to pass into and through the building, connecting the plaza and park in front of the structure with the courtyards of the historical tenement houses to its south.

According to the architect's website, the building's construction is to take place between 2012 and 2016.

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 04:11 AM   #14
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So they are boxes with weird tops, they looked more circular on the first renders so for me it's better although the concept is still rather ugly- one building separated in 3 parts pretending (poorly) to be 3 different buildings. It looks like some giant deformed hand pointind at something or perhaps showing us a finger. Giant hand with ugly nails, I don't like it
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 04:42 AM   #15
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WARSAW | UBS Tower | 188m | Pro

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Swiss financial services firm UBS has decided to have its 103-meter tall Ilmet building knocked down and replaced with a new 188-meter tower. UBS says that the Ilmet building, located at Rondo ONZ in Warsaw's Wola district, is neither tall or modern enough.

Danish company Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects designed the new structure. A company representative declined to reveal the cost of the investment.

The new, 60,000 sqm high-rise building is to stand out as a modern landmark “in the Warsaw skyline while at the same time capturing the full potential of the outstanding historic location,” John Lassen, a founding partner of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, said in a statement.

The new building will comprise three connected but individually stepped rectangular volumes, whose heights will increase the further east they are positioned. The structure will also feature an open lobby that will allow people to pass into and through the building, connecting the plaza and park in front of the structure with the courtyards of the historical tenement houses to its south.

According to the architect's website, the building's construction is to take place between 2012 and 2016.

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schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the international architectural competition to design a 188 meter office tower in the financial district of central Warsaw, Poland. The 60,000 m2 high-rise building is to replace the existing ‘Ilmet’ building and will stand out as a modern landmark clearly identifiable in the Warsaw skyline by its unique elegant shape and appearance.

“The object of the competition was to design an office tower that will be a new landmark in the Warsaw skyline while at the same time capturing the full potential of the outstanding historic location,” said Founding Partner of schmidt hammer lassen architects, Mr John Lassen.

The building consists of three individually stepped rectangular volumes with increasing heights towards the east. The façades create a subtle rhythm in the cityscape by slightly shifting inwards and outwards, and the inclined rooflines preserve optimal light conditions for the adjacent buildings.

“The design of the building offers a spatial coherence between roof and street level”, said Mr Kim Holst Jensen, Partner of schmidt hammer lassen architects, and he continued: “The lobby at street level, with its spectacular shaped ceiling, corresponds with the sloping shapes of the rooftops, making the building perceive as a sculptural object.”

The open lobby allows the people of Warsaw to pass into and through the building, connecting the plaza and park in front of the building with the courtyards of the historical tenement houses to the south.

The building is designed to reduce energy consumption with the goal of qualifying for the highest levels of sustainability certifications as BREEAM Excellent or LEED Gold status. The modular façade system with floor to ceiling glass elements, provide high levels of transparency as well as full integration of sun shading and light reflection shutters. The sloped rooftops are equipped with photovoltaic cells and elements for harvesting rainwater. The total sustainability approach is a combination of intelligent building management and minimizing technical installations by using passive elements.

The Jury was impressed by the high quality and innovation evident in the urban, architectural and technical concepts of the winning design. The future building will offer a number of attractive public areas and serve to complement the project’s prominent setting, as well as the entire neighbourhood.

schmidt hammer lassen architects has extensive experience of designing office buildings. Earlier this year, The Crystal in Copenhagen, Denmark, an extension to the headquarters of financial institution Nykredit, opened and has already received the European Steel Design Award 2011 and a LEAF Award 2011 for Best Structural Design. Another example is Amazon Court in Prague, the Czech Republic, which incorporates a range of sustainable solutions resulting in a 50 per cent lower energy consumption than a standard office building and an approximately 65 per cent lower maintenance cost.

Architect
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Client
UBS Real Estate Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH

Area
60,000 m2

Competition
2011, 1st prize in restricted international competition

Status
Construction period 2012-2016

Engineer
ARUP

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Old November 23rd, 2011, 03:02 PM   #16
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Official height 188m - well, i guess it's time to move the thread to Proposed highrises.


From the official website of Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects
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schmidt hammer lassen architects has won the international architectural competition to design a 188 meter office tower in the financial district of central Warsaw, Poland. The 60,000 m2 high-rise building is to replace the existing ‘Ilmet’ building and will stand out as a modern landmark clearly identifiable in the Warsaw skyline by its unique elegant shape and appearance.


“The object of the competition was to design an office tower that will be a new landmark in the Warsaw skyline while at the same time capturing the full potential of the outstanding historic location,” said Founding Partner of schmidt hammer lassen architects, Mr John Lassen.

The building consists of three individually stepped rectangular volumes with increasing heights towards the east. The façades create a subtle rhythm in the cityscape by slightly shifting inwards and outwards, and the inclined rooflines preserve optimal light conditions for the adjacent buildings.

“The design of the building offers a spatial coherence between roof and street level”, said Mr Kim Holst Jensen, Partner of schmidt hammer lassen architects, and he continued: “The lobby at street level, with its spectacular shaped ceiling, corresponds with the sloping shapes of the rooftops, making the building perceive as a sculptural object.”

The open lobby allows the people of Warsaw to pass into and through the building, connecting the plaza and park in front of the building with the courtyards of the historical tenement houses to the south.

The building is designed to reduce energy consumption with the goal of qualifying for the highest levels of sustainability certifications as BREEAM Excellent or LEED Gold status. The modular façade system with floor to ceiling glass elements, provide high levels of transparency as well as full integration of sun shading and light reflection shutters. The sloped rooftops are equipped with photovoltaic cells and elements for harvesting rainwater. The total sustainability approach is a combination of intelligent building management and minimizing technical installations by using passive elements.

The Jury was impressed by the high quality and innovation evident in the urban, architectural and technical concepts of the winning design. The future building will offer a number of attractive public areas and serve to complement the project’s prominent setting, as well as the entire neighbourhood.

schmidt hammer lassen architects has extensive experience of designing office buildings. Earlier this year, The Crystal in Copenhagen, Denmark, an extension to the headquarters of financial institution Nykredit, opened and has already received the European Steel Design Award 2011 and a LEAF Award 2011 for Best Structural Design. Another example is Amazon Court in Prague, the Czech Republic, which incorporates a range of sustainable solutions resulting in a 50 per cent lower energy consumption than a standard office building and an approximately 65 per cent lower maintenance cost.

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Old November 24th, 2011, 08:52 AM   #17
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I made thread in higrises, forgot about this thread

Mods please move this thread.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 11:05 AM   #18
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It's probably not the final version of this project so it's a bit early to judge but I liked the previous one better:
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It's not the first building from the '90 to be demolished in Warsaw but it's the first highrise in Poland to meet this fate, too bad because it was one of the best buildings from this period.
Yep, I totally agree with you on that. Rondo is shaping up to be an amazing skyscraper centre, but at what cost ? There are a lot of ugly buildings in downtown that could be replaced.
On top of it, this new design is just plain ugly. It's as if they even didn't try to fit the building to its surroundings (both the look of surroundings and the street, which begs for the edge to be at least chamfered !)
If they start building, they better go with that old design.
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Old November 25th, 2011, 01:22 AM   #19
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why dont they build this in zurich? very nice tower
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Lovely tower indeed, the cladding looks very promising.
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