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Varso Tower becomes EU’s tallest building

by Sion Geschwindt
Varso Tower in Warsaw becomes EU's tallest building

Foster + Partners has completed the 310-metre-tall Varso Tower in Warsaw, now the tallest building in the European Union.

The skyscraper has overtaken another building designed by Foster + Parters – the 259-metre-tall Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt – to become the tallest building in the EU.

Engineering company Buro Happold and architecture and construction firm Epstein worked alongside Foster + Partners to construct the building for real-estate developer HB Reavis to use as its headquarters.

The 53-storey mixed-use tower houses 70,000 square metres of space, including offices, a restaurant near the top of the building, two observation decks and a ground-floor cafe venue. The structure is topped by an 80-metre-tall spire.

Long shot capturing Varso Tower in the city skyline against blue skies
Varso Tower is situated in the heart of Warsaw (HB Reavis)  

On the ground level, the lobby has 14-metre-tall ceilings and includes a public plaza that connects the building to those that neighbour it, leading visitors to publicly accessible retail facilities and restaurants.

An ‘urban room’ at the centre of the plaza functions as a transitional space between publicly accessible and private spaces. Here, trees were placed between benches that offer resting places and views out through the space’s glazed walls.

The ‘urban room’ (Aaron Hargreaves, Foster + Partners)

Public facilities continue through to the upper levels of the tower, with a bar and restaurant occupying the 46th, 47th and 48th floors. Above this, a landscaped terrace bar is set to be filled with 16 trees and will become the city’s highest garden.

The energy-efficient strategy integrated into the building’s conception led to Varso Tower achieving BREEAM Outstanding certification, said Buro Happold.

Warsaw’s highest garden (Aaron Hargreaves, Foster + Partners)

Jarosław Kujawa, Project Principal, Buro Happold, underscores the significance of Varso Tower’s completion for the city of Warsaw: “Varso Tower is a unique building in many aspects and required an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.

The dynamic architecture of the top of the tower involving the spire, technical areas, restaurant, viewing terraces, lifts and other features responds to the character of the heart of Warsaw and provides stunning vistas of the Vistula River, the historic Palace of Culture and Science and beyond.

“The project marks an important step in the development of one of Europe’s most exciting cities.” 

The view from the top of Varso Tower (Aaron Hargreaves, Foster + Partners)

Grant Brooker, Head of Studio and Senior Executive Partner, Foster + Partners, said: “We are so proud to be part of this development. Our client HB Reavis has been a fantastic champion of the project throughout and our local collaborators at Epstein and Buro Happold have worked tirelessly alongside us.

“We believe that the tower, filled with activity and featuring extraordinary rooftop public spaces will make a strong, positive contribution to this wonderful city. We hope that it will become a hub for local and international business and a symbol for contemporary Poland.”

Image credits: Aaron Hargreaves, Foster + Partners

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