Varso Place in Warsaw
Comfort at the highest level
Varso Place is a complex of three new buildings in the center of Warsaw, the most characteristic element of which is the tallest skyscraper in the European Union – Varso Tower. The highest and long-term energy efficiency of one of the office buildings included in the project is ensured, among other things, by SWISSPACER Ultimate warm edge spacer bars.
The highest quality and maximum comfort for users are the hallmarks of the new property complex located directly at the Central Railway Station in Warsaw. As a result, the three buildings have already been awarded the BREEAM Outstanding certificate and the WELL Building Standard. The main Varso Tower, conceived by the London-based Foster + Partners architectural studio, and the two lower office buildings Varso 1 and Varso 2, designed by Hermanowicz Rewski Architekci from Warsaw, are so far among just few buildings in Poland to have obtained such a high level of energy certification.
Representative architecture in the main railway station district
The elegant architecture of the complex named Varso Place – derived from the Latin name of the city – perfectly fits into the surroundings of the very centre of Warsaw. Varso Tower, with its 53 floors and the height of 310 metres up to the top of the spire, is already the tallest building in Poland and one of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe. At an altitude of 205 and 230 meters, there are two public terraces overlooking the unique panorama of Warsaw.
Connected by a glass lobby, the Varso 1 and Varso 2 buildings form an architectural and functional unity with Varso Tower. The 90- and 81-meter-high glass towers rise from a cascading podium with a stone façade, which echoes the neighboring downtown buildings. Despite their contemporary character, the lower storeys, both with their dimensions and the type of facade, fit into the 19th-century fabric of the city. Intricately designed windows with glazing located in two planes are placed between large limestone slabs.
Revitalization and comfort – hand in hand
One objective of the project carried out together with the investor HB Reavis is to revitalize the section of the street located opposite the Warsaw Central station. To this end, the ground level area with restaurants, cafés and shops has been opened up to passers-by and linked to the station. The main attraction is the plaza in front of the entrance, with a fully glazed lobby. Varso Place offers a total of 144,000 square meters of high-quality office and hotel space.
Another important assumption behind the project is to offer users a high comfort level, understood as a healthy, energy-efficient and safe working environment. This is confirmed by the positive certifications from BREEAM and WELL. Like BREEAM International New Construction, the WELL Building Standard of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) places a very strong emphasis on health and well-being of building occupants. They must be demonstrated in categories ranging from light and air quality to thermal comfort and the environmental compatibility of building materials.
During the planning of the project, special attention to the environmental compatibility and the quality of the materials was paid. Thanks to the EPDs, SWISSPACER products will be even more suitable for buildings that are to be certified according to WELL or BREEAM in the future.
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During the material testing for the Varso project, the technical aspects were supplemented by additional thermal calculations, which were carried out together with the system suppliers, the glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Glassolutions and the architects. The aesthetic aspects were also addressed. The triple glazing with the black matte spacer SWISSPACER Ultimate complemented the matte color of the window construction perfectly. This made the decision perfect.