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Identification

Metropolitan
The Metropolitan Office Building
204096

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
granite
curtain wall
modernism

Usages

commercial office
shop(s) restaurant

Facts

  • Metropolitan is among the winners of the prestigious architectural RIBA Worldwide Award in 2004.
  • Metropolitan was awarded a MIPIM Award on March 11, 2004, the most prestigious distinction in the property world, in a business center's category.
  • The 50-meter diameter courtyard in the heart of the building and three passages allow pedestrian shortcuts across the site, resulting in an open public area.
  • This resulted in rounded corners and vertical granite fins which, when viewed from the side give the façade solidity but when viewed from the front seem to disappear. Similar fins, but made of glass were installed in Crown Point.
  • The construction of a modern office building in such a culturally-sensitive location led to a heated debate among Polish architects.
  • Metropolitan is comprised of three separate, but linked buildings.
  • Borders the north side of Pilsudski Square, one of the most historically-important in Warsaw.
  • Built in close proximity to historically and culturally significant sites: the Unknown Soldier's Tomb, the Zacheta State Art Gallery, the Grand Theater and the Saxon Garden.
  • The occupied square formerly belonged to the Saxon Axis, the grandest baroque urban scheme in Warsaw.
  • Due to its sensitive location the project was discussed with conservators of historic monuments, which led to design changes that complimented the neighboring buildings and sites.

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Location

Plac marsz. Józefa Piłsudskiego 2, Plac marsz. Józefa Piłsudskiego 1, Plac marsz. Józefa Piłsudskiego 3
Plac Pilsudskiego 1, 2, 3
Śródmieście
Warsaw
Masovian
Poland

Technical Data

84.13 ft
7
2
2001
2003
9
400

Involved Companies


Foster + Partners
JEMS Architekci Sp. z o.o.

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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