SHL Architects in Poland

SHL Architects in Poland

schmidt hammer lassen architects har vundet den internationale arkitektkonkurrence om at tegne et 188 meter højt kontortårn i finansdistriktet i det centrale Warszawa, Polen. Det 60.000 m2 store højhus skal erstatte den eksisterende ”Ilmet” bygning og vil med sin elegante form fremstå som et moderne og let genkendeligt vartegn i Warszawas skyline.

”Formålet med konkurrencen var at designe et kontortårn, der både kunne blive et nyt vartegn i Warszawas skyline og samtidig udnytte potentialet i den unikke historiske placering,” fortæller John Lassen, Stiftende Partner hos schmidt hammer lassen architects.

Bygningen består af tre individuelt aftrappede og rektangulære volumener, hvis højde stiger mod øst. Facaderne skaber en subtil rytme i bybilledet ved skiftevis at forskyde sig ind og ud, mens de skrånende tagflader giver optimale lysforhold for de omkringliggende bygninger.

”Det arkitektoniske udtryk i top og bund hænger formmæssigt sammen,” forklarer Kim Holst Jensen, Partner hos schmidt hammer lassen architects, og han fortsætter: ”Det spektakulært udformede loft i lobbyen på gadeniveau korresponderer formmæssigt med de skrånende tagflader og får herved bygningen til at fremstå som et skulpturelt objekt.”

Den åbne lobby tillader Warszawas indbyggere at passere igennem bygningen, og der skabes forbindelse mellem pladsen og parken foran bygningen og de historiske ejendomme mod syd.

Bygningen er designet til at reducere energiforbrug, med henblik på at kvalificere til den højeste grad af bæredygtighedscertificering som BREEAM Excellent eller LEED Gold status. Det modulære facadesystem med gulv-til-loft glaselementer giver stor transparens, såvel som fuldt integreret solafskærmning og lysreflekterende skodder. De skrånende tagflader er udstyret med solceller og elementer til regnvandsopsamling. Den samlede bæredygtighedstilgang er kendetegnet ved en kombination af intelligent brug af bygningen og en minimering af tekniske installationer gennem brug af passive elementer.

Juryen var imponeret af den høje kvalitet og graden af innovation i de bymæssige, arkitektoniske og tekniske aspekter i det vindende design. Den fremtidige bygning vil tilbyde en stor mængde attraktive offentlige arealer og bidrage til den prominente placering og hele det omkringliggende kvarter.

schmidt hammer lassen architects har lang erfaring med at designe kontorbygninger. Tidligere i år åbnede Krystallen, udvidelsen af Nykredits hovedsæde i København. Bygningen har modtaget European Steel Design Award 2011 og en LEAF Award for Bedste Strukturelle Design. Et andet eksempel er Amazon Court i Prag, Tjekkiet, hvor en lang række bæredygtige løsninger har resulteret i et 50 procent lavere energiforbrug end et almindeligt kontorbyggeri, foruden omtrent 65 procent lavere omkostninger til vedligehold.

Arkitekt: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Bygherre: UBS Real Estate Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH
Areal: 60.000 m2
Konkurrence: 2011, første præmie i inviteret international konkurrence
Status:
Opføres 2012-2016
Ingeniør: ARUP

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SHL Architects in Poland - in english

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 buildin g 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. www.shl.dk