Rotunda, Warsaw, 2013
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The mere fact that the Rotunda is located in the very center of Warsaw does not guarantee that it will become a focal point of attraction. A really strong element was needed that would make the area a special point for the capital. That is why we placed an elevated platform above the Rotunda – a floating oasis and Urban Stage. Its flexibility can be compared to the garden of the Serpentine Gallery in London with an even higher potential: not only the municipality will be able to schedule a seasonal redesign program of the platform, but also citizens will have the possibility to influence the choice of activities. During periods without special events the platform will become an attractive meeting point. Moreover the transparency of the floor will allow users to discover the beautiful roof of the building, that today can not be admired. read more
We have also decided to restore the original transparency of the facade, that will allow once again to admire the unique structure of the building with its floating mezzanine and the spherical inner roof.
The functional interior setting has been completely redesigned to make it possible to accommodate new public functions – a café, a cultural info-point and a gallery - in addition to the bank functions.
The area and the Rotunda will be divided into two zones creating two different atmospheres: one more intimate and the other more urban and formal. The first one will have a garden character: an Urban Oasis of greenery and tranquility in the city center with elements of urban design reminiscent of the old Warsaw. On contrary the Urban Plaza in front of the bank will have the character of a contemporary European square. Both areas will be equipped with wi-fi and multimedia touch-screens that will allow users to interact with elements of the park.
Status: Changing the Face Competition
Program: Redisigning the iconic Rotunda building in the centre of Warsaw
Client: PKO Bank Polski
Key Team Members: Marco de Piaggi, Weronika Wawrzyniak