Redevelopment of an existing historical property in downtown Warsaw

Friday 02 Nov 2012

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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