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From MVRDV site: http://www.mvrdv.nl/#/news

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Baltyk Tower, Poznan: first MVRDV project in Poland

Investment corporation Sophia Sp. z o.o. and MVRDV present the Baltyk Tower, to be realised in the Polish city of Poznan. The office tower with a total surface of 25.000 m² will be located at Rondo Kaponiera at the Western entrance to the historic city and will feature retail and a panorama restaurant with a proposed one room hotel. Completion is scheduled for 2014.

The tower’s volume follows the maximal volume and height restriction of the site. This leads to a shape resulting in a totally different contour when approached from different sides. Towards the south a slope of cascading patios will offer outside spaces to the users of the building. The façade is envisioned floor-to-ceiling glass with vertical louvers of glass fibre concrete softening the impact of the sun without losing the vista over the city and zoo.
The 25.000m² are divided into 12.000m² office space, 750m² panorama restaurant with a one room hotel, 1350m² retail in the plinth of the building and three levels of underground parking. The flexible office space is limited to a depth of seven metres allowing daylight to generously penetrate the work spaces.
The Baltyk tower will be built at Rondo Kaponiera, a major intersection next to the central train station and the road towards the airport. The building will benefit from the close vicinity of the Sheraton hotel, the currently restored Concordia printing house, a new creativity centre for business and the MTP international fair building. Baltyk tower is the first building by MVRDV in Poland. Sophia Sp. z o.o is a joint venture of Garvest and Vox Group. Buro Happold is structural engineer, MEP and sustainability advisor for the envisioned BREEAM “Very Good” rating. Co-architect is a local office from Poznan called Ultra Architects.













 

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Why "Baltic Tower?" It would make more sense if the city was actually on or near the Baltic. Strange choice of names for the project, but the building looks nice.
 

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Why "Baltic Tower?" It would make more sense if the city was actually on or near the Baltic.
There used to be "Baltic Cinema" for decades in that place before. After the building was demolished, the name "Baltic" remained as the name of the tram stop nearby. The name of the tower links to the history of this place.
 

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Baltyk Tower: MVRDV Unveils Pixelated Daylit High-Rise for Poland

Today MVRDV unveiled plans for Baltyk Tower - a pixelated high-rise with a unique glass fiber and concrete louvered façade that controls daylight. Designed for a location on the western approach to Poznan, Poland, the gleaming building appears to change shape depending on the direction the viewer gazes from. The mixed-use tower will offer retail space, a hotel, and offices, and it will be an important addition to the city’s diverse and brightly-colored historic architecture.

MVRDV‘s Baltyk Tower is slated to be completed in 2014 and the architects are shooting for a BREEAM Very Goodrating. The tower promises plentiful daylight for the office spaces by limiting their depth to seven meters. The glass curtain wall is protected from unwanted heat and glare by unique horizontal lovers made from glass fiber-embedded concrete slats. Suspended off the building, the louvers will filter light when the sun hits at an angle while reducing heat gain and glare — a bane for energy-efficient and comfortable working environments.

The distinctive carved exterior continues MVRDV’s experimentation with stepped walls. The prominent building corner lurches over the street while the other side is stepped with generous patios on each floor — allowing occupants access to the world without having to leave.

The building maximizes the use of its site – stating with three levels of underground parking. Retail will be placed on the lower floors, and the upper floors will hold a panorama restaurant, lots of shallow floor plates for office spaces, and a “one room hotel” (lost in translation?) The contemporary design boldly offsets the layers of architecture in the city, which range from bright and ornate 19th century buildings to the grey anonymous concrete blocks erected during the Soviet era.
 

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There used to be "Baltic Cinema" for decades in that place before. After the building was demolished, the name "Baltic" remained as the name of the tram stop nearby. The name of the tower links to the history of this place.
Whatever, I hate when they mix polish and english words in name like that. It should at least be "Baltic Tower" or "Wieża Bałtycka".
 

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There used to be "Baltic Cinema" for decades in that place before. After the building was demolished, the name "Baltic" remained as the name of the tram stop nearby. The name of the tower links to the history of this place.
I see, thanks. :)
 
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