Saturday, 14 April 2012

Złote Tarasy (Golden Terraces)

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Client: ING Real Estate and the Warszawa Śródmieście
Architect: The Jerde Partnership International
Engineer: Arup 
Free Form Structure: Waagner Biro
Size: 10.200 m² steel and glass atrium enclosure
Costs: $500 million (the whole building)
Year: 2007

The site is one of the most prominent in Warsaw, located immediately adjacent to the main train station and the Palace of Culture in central Warsaw. The project contains office space, an entertainment centre, a shopping complex, and public spaces that make it a centre for urban activity in the city. Glass and steel roof covering the central shopping area was provided by Waagner Biro. Building on the steel node technology developed for the Great Court of the British Museum, the roof consists of an undulating geometrically complex net of welded steel elements supporting triangular glass panes. At the front side, the roof comes down to the ground, forming the main entrance to the complex and the primary connector between interior and exterior public spaces.