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Old October 23rd, 2012, 12:59 AM   #861
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Here you go:
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Old November 4th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #862
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BTE Office Center
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Old November 5th, 2012, 02:48 AM   #863
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What are the recent news about PHN, UBS. Echo, Liberty & BBI Towers?

Should we expect the construction of any of them to start soon?
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Old November 5th, 2012, 03:26 AM   #864
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On the site of Echo project there is still previous building being demolished - here are recent photos. Renderings are said to be shown soon, as these renders which have been already shown are said to be outdated.

UBS tower: They are currently preparing paperwork, but leasing agreements are valid till march 2013, so then won't start demolishing Ilmet earlier, so this project will not be started earlier than 2014.

PHN: they received Environmental Conditions recently, now they are probably waiting for Planning Permit and then for Construction Permit.

Unfortunetaly I have no info about other projects.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 05:02 AM   #865
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Thanks for the info Hope to have good news in the upcoming years. I also hope things pick up on the Warsaw Spire which seems pretty dead over the last few months.

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ABSTRAKT Studio Architecture ASA re-builds an existing historical property.



The property consists of an 18th century villa, which served as a command and operation centre for Nazi police Gestapo during Second World War in the occupied Warsaw. The building was initially built as a private residence with neoclassical facade facing the street and large backyard situated in-between two neighboring 7-storey residential buildings.



The concept proposes converting part of the existing building into a restaurant on the ground floor facing the street and the rest into modern office space adding new office area above the existing villa and in the backyard, creating a 7-storey interior atrium as an echo of the existing open garden space. Addition above the villa is to be a very light crystalline volume visually detached from the existing building, set back from the existing facade to minimize the impact from the street and respecting the continuous cornice line of the 7-storey buildings along the street. The steel structural columns will penetrate the existing villa only in two locations and one of the two proposed elevators will be placed in the existing light well to minimize the impact of the new construction on the existing building.



The historic villa is to be carefully restored throughout including both facades, with the back elevation to form integral part of the interior atrium.

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Old November 5th, 2012, 05:56 AM   #866
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WARSAW—A property developer looking to build a soaring office tower in the heart of the Polish capital is accusing authorities of a bait-and-switch after city officials bestowed landmark status on a dilapidated building they bought, stymieing their plans.

Luxembourg-based Griffin Investments bought the rundown structure along with several others from the Polish government in September. It planned to knock down the two-story socialist-era edifice and erect a new glass-skinned addition to Warsaw's downtown skyline.

Warsaw's city fathers, however, have other plans. Hours after Griffin bought the building, which formerly housed a now-defunct furniture store called Emilia, officials declared it a "monument of history," making its demolition illegal.



Griffin, which is owned by U.K.-based real-estate investment company Chelsfield Partners LP and a limited partnership formed by other international investors, said it was blindsided by the move and is trying to persuade the city to rescind the monument declaration.

"It's a scandal," said Przemyslaw Krych, Griffin's managing director in Warsaw.

The city said it is just doing what it needs to protect what it says is an important part of its modernist architectural heritage. "A respectable company doesn't fight culture, it supports culture," said Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.

The Treasury Ministry, the government agency that sold the building to Griffin, said it didn't have any knowledge of the city's landmark plan before it was made public, and that was after the deal closed.

Warsaw's move could unsettle investors at a time when the Polish treasury is pushing to privatize state assets, in part to shore up government finances and help plug the budget deficit as Poland is buffeted by the debt crisis raging next door in the euro zone.

Poland's transition from communism to a free market over the past two decades has drawn a crowd of developers to residential and commercial projects. In 2011, Polish real-estate investment transactions were €2.5 billion ($3.2 billion), according to a study by consultancy Ernst & Young and law firm Linklaters.

That wave of money has helped transform the country, and nowhere has the change been greater than in Warsaw, large swathes of which were leveled in the Second World War and rebuilt—often shoddily—during the Communist era.

The socialist architecture, which for many Poles is associated with the country's subordination to Moscow, had found few admirers until recently, when a new generation of architects and critics began to reconsider the value of structures built between 1945 and 1989.

The Emilia building is one that has drawn attention. "It's a prime example of modernist architecture of the 1960s," said Karol Guttmejer, a director at Warsaw's monuments conservation office. The Polish Architects Association took a different view in 2003, when it left Emilia off its list of Socialist-era structures worth preserving.

Griffin contends that the building doesn't meet the legal requirements to be listed as a "monument of history." The company is demanding that the city remove it from the register.

"Currently, owners aren't even notified, their property rights can be restricted in violation of the constitution, and there's no appeals procedure," said Mr. Krych.

While negotiating the purchase of the Emilia building and several others for $36 million, Griffin said it sought, and received, confirmation from regional conservation authorities that the Emilia building wasn't being considered for landmark status.

Soon after, however, municipal authorities started work to have Emilia listed as a monument by Warsaw—a process that was finalized in September soon after Griffin's purchase of the property was completed. City officials said Griffin wasn't notified until the building was in the landmarks registry.

Griffin's plan had been to get rid of Emilia and build a €130 million office tower on the site, which is wedged between the high-rise Intercontinental Hotel and the Warsaw Financial Center, an office building that rises more than 160 meters (525 feet).

The Emilia is across the street from the 237-meter (778-foot) Palace of Culture—an unsolicited gift from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin—and the central railway station, built in 1975, in the center of downtown Warsaw.

While it negotiated the purchase of Emilia, Griffin said that leasing the space to the Museum of Contemporary Art, a Warsaw city government-backed institution, for four years wouldn't be an obstacle to a deal. The city now wants the museum to be able to use the space for seven years, as it waits for a permanent home to be built.

Griffin's Mr. Krych said he suspects delays in constructing the new museum building are behind the landmark effort. The city is seeking "to force the developer to extend the lease because of the city's inability to build a new building for the museum," Mr. Krych said.

Griffin canceled the museum's lease when it learned of the landmark effort. The museum has refused to vacate the premises, and Warsaw said it has no intention of rescinding the monument designation.

Warsaw's mayor, Mrs. Gronkiewicz-Waltz, said that she and the museum director, Joanna Mytkowska, intend to stand their ground. "I think that two strong women will be able to tackle this," Mrs. Gronkiewicz-Waltz said.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 03:06 PM   #867
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WARSAW—A property developer looking to build a soaring office tower in the heart of the Polish capital is accusing authorities of a bait-and-switch after city officials bestowed landmark status on a dilapidated building they bought, stymieing their plans.
Actually Emilia is in rather good condition and might be profitable as it is, anyway there are many other good places for skyscrapers in the city center.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #868
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And what? We are talking about this particular one, not the rest..
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Old November 10th, 2012, 04:26 PM   #869
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I can't believe I am reading this. I hope they resolve it and tear that ugly piece of sh*t down.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #870
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Take a deep breath and count to ten, then come back.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 07:59 AM   #871
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These are nice.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 10:56 AM   #872
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Actually Emilia is in rather good condition and might be profitable as it is,
Profitable?

The investor paid ca (equivalent to) US$ 35 million for the privatised company that owned the plot where the "Emilia" pavilion stands, as he was made to believe that he would be free to demolish the pavilion and erect a profitable skyscraper in its place (apart from that plot, the sold company was worth almost nothing). Warsaw municipal authorities are currently paying the new owner ca US$ 1.1 mln/year for renting the pavilion (that currently houses the Museum of Modern Arts). Easy to see that the buyer will have to wait some 32 years to get his money back, not to speak of any profit.

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Old November 13th, 2012, 11:03 AM   #873
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Don't forget that Meble Emilia (company) owned not only this plot, but also other plots in Warsaw.
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Don't forget that Meble Emilia (company) owned not only this plot, but also other plots in Warsaw.
I didn't forget.

The main assets of Meble-Emilia Ltd. (Sp. z o.o.) company:

"Emilia" sales outlet (pavilion), usable space ca 4000 sq.m.
9 other (furniture sales showrooms) outlets of a total commercial area of 10,000 sq.m. Most if not all of them, away from the city centre.

Plus some shares in properties and individual office spaces:
http://www.meble-emilia.pl/index.php...1&action_id=46

Most probably, apart from the "Emilia" pavilion (its plot) nothing of all that is suitable for serious development. A rough estimate indicates that everything the company owns apart from the "Emilia" pavilion, accounts for maximum 10-15% (but probably even less) of the total purchase price paid for the company by the investor.

Once again: the investor paid 115 million Polish zlotys (ca US$ 35 million) for the company Meble-Emilia Ltd.

Now, for comparison:

Another developer has just purchased a 17,000 sq.m. plot some 400 metres from the "Emilia" pavilion, in the heart of Warsaw (at Jerozolimskie Avenue).
He paid 171 million Polish zlotys (ca US$ 52 million). On the plot, he has permission to erect two 130-metre high skyscrapers with an office-retail complex, overall 100,000 (one-hundred thousand) sq.m. of office space and 6000 sq.m. of retail space. In the very centre of the city.

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Old November 17th, 2012, 11:47 AM   #875
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Plac Unii







Cosmopolitan Twarda





Próżna revitalization :

before:



now:







New hotel at the Warsaw airport :









Echo Tower

before :





now :





future:



Atrium One :







Eurocentrum:





Muranow district :

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Old November 17th, 2012, 12:29 PM   #876
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Próżna wooooow fantastic change

Muranów district - I like this project
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Thanks for this great update! Muranów looks promising.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 07:21 PM   #878
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Poland confirm that she is one of the most dynamic country, not just in eastern europe but in the whole European Union.
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Poland confirm that she is one of the most dynamic country, not just in eastern europe but in the whole European Union.
Might be hard since Poland is central Europe.
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By eastern Europe Cujas probably means all the countries to the east of the former iron curtain. Which is understandable.
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