Project in Detail
Jaspers-Eyers Architects, Brussels, Belgium
Highest office tower as a new landmark for Warsaw
Next to the historic centre of Warsaw, nestled between the famous Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science and the Warsaw Rising Museum, stands the Warsaw Spire. At a unique location alongside the Towarowa and Grzybowska roads, the Warsaw Spire - the highest office tower in Warsaw - will be erected as a new landmark for the city. The Towarowa road forms an important North-South axis through Warsaw, a city that is built on an orthogonal grid.
The Warsaw Spire is characterised by an attractive and harmonious architecture. Although all facades largely consist of glass, the building has an original identity thanks to its architecture. The Warsaw Spire reaches a height of 180 metres (220 metres including antennas) and is flanked by two separate office buildings, each 55 metres high. A green inner area connects these office buildings with the 160 metre high Chopin Tower, a residential tower. Complete with fountains, this green oasis of rest acts as a relaxation area that is accessible to all the office workers and residents of the Spire site. It is also a public area for everyone who makes a diagonal crossing of the orthogonal city grid from the Warsaw Spire.
This office tower has 47 floors and a total office floor area of 130,000 m². The Warsaw Spire catches the eye with its attractive architecture, soaring lines and expressive form. It is a very slender tower with a limited floor space at each level. The area of each floor plate varies between 1,200 m² and 1,600 m².
The Warsaw Spire is a modern office building. In addition to the offices, the tower has space for a coffee bar, a restaurant and a lunch bar. The office floors are designed around a central core that accommodates all the lifts, sanitary facilities, kitchen and maintenance areas. In this way optimal use of daylight is made for every office space.
Thanks to a clear floor height of 2.70 metres in combination with transparent windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling, the level of lighting is maximised and work comfort increased. In addition to office space, the Warsaw Spire also has a five-storey underground car park with space for 1,550 cars. There is also an underground archive available.
The design of the Spire looks amazingly slim and dynamic. The central floor platform is encircled by two glass “shells” that extend at the top into a spiral form, hence the name “Warsaw Spire”. The spiral shape emphasises the slenderness of the tower. In addition, an exciting contrast arises from the upwards, impelling force of the verticality of the shells and the horizontality of the floor levels at the core of the tower.
By only using glass on the outside of the building the lightness of the design is emphasised. At the same time, the glass “shells” do not extend all the way to the ground, reinforcing the floating character of the tower.
The design of the tower is equally atypical. Where most towers come to a narrow point, the Warsaw Spire is wider at the top than at its base. The tower therefore has no sudden “truncation”. With a sweeping spiral shape, a natural flared end is created.
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