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MVRDV's rounded office complex addresses to Łódź's industrial heritage with glazed brick facade

Poland Architecture News - Feb 09, 2018 - 02:28   19785 views

MVRDV's rounded office complex addresses to Łódź's industrial heritage with glazed brick facade

MVRDV has released plans for a new office complex in the heart of Łódź, Poland, featuring rounded forms, glazed brick facade and a pattern of song strips to give a dramatic look to the whole development. 

Called Fabryczna offices, the new office complex will consist of a 31,000-square-metre program, including offices and retail units. The design scheme includes a 13-floor high building in the core of the development, which is integrated into its newly developed surroundings with a distinct glazed brick and glass façade, surrounding a new plaza.

MVRDV's rounded office complex addresses to Łódź's industrial heritage with glazed brick facade

Commisisoned by Invest Company, the project aims to break ground this summer and be completed in 2020. The rounded shaped office complex will be built in the centre of Łódź across the street from the newly developed railway station “Fabryczna” and in proximity to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Lodzki Dom Kultury (Culture House), Fabryczna offices draws inspiration from the city’s distinct industrial textile heritage reimagined for contemporary use.

MVRDV's mixed-use building will be one of the latest developments for Łódź’s new city centre and will include 27,000-square-metre of offices spread over thirteen floors and 4,000-square-metre of retail on the ground floor, with a courtyard designed by Dutch firm Lola Landscape Architects.

MVRDV's rounded office complex addresses to Łódź's industrial heritage with glazed brick facade

“This building will help to bring back more density and urbanity right in the heart of Łódź," said Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of MVRDV.

“We have created with our design, an ensemble with a tower, referring in proportions to the mansions of the industrialists, surrounding a new public court. The specially designed glazed-brick façade with a colour scheme which blends from red to metallic grey refers both to the past and the city’s future ambition.”

The studio gives a distinct envelope specified the strict instructions for a 4-storey plinth, respecting the outline of the plot and at the same time, allowing for a tower height of up to 55 meters. The plinth is a band of retail spaces on the ground floor with offices above and a depth that allows for maximum daylight into all floors.

MVRDV's rounded office complex addresses to Łódź's industrial heritage with glazed brick facade

Using a rounded plinth on the ground floor, the tower is elegantly curved to create a series of smaller volumes which gives the project a more intimate scale and also provides a more individual identity to future tenants. 

The courtyard has an opening towards the culture centre and a passage towards Kilinskiego Street with the intention to introduce a new walking route through the area, meaning the tower is welcoming to those passing by.

The private green roof and public courtyard by Lola landscape architects are designed as a family of semi-public spaces with greenery, a large variety of vegetation and spaces for terraces and bikes. In future, Fabryczna offices will connect to the Central station and other parts of the city through an underground tunnel. 

MVRDV's rounded office complex addresses to Łódź's industrial heritage with glazed brick facade

MVRDV is closely working with co-architects Piotr Bilinski Architects, WSP for all technical advisory work, Essox façade consultants, Gress for real estate services and LOLA Landscape Architect on the design of the public space and roof garden. 

Fabryczna offices will be the second project of MVRDV in Poland, following last year’s completion of Baltyk tower in Poznan. 

Project facts

Location: Łódź, Poland

Client: Invest Company

Date: 2015+

Programme: 31,000m2 mixed-use building to include offices and retail units 

Design MVRDV: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries

Design Team: Nathalie de Vries, Fokke Moerel with Roy Sieljes, Mateusz Wojcieszek, Natalia Lipczuk, Philipp Kramer, Christine Sohar, Ole Egebaek, Brygida Zawadzka and Patryk Ślusarski

Visualization: Antonio Luca Coco, Massimiliano Marzoli, Davide Calabro and Tomaso Maschietti

Partners 

Façade consultants: Essox façade

Advisory: WSP, Poland

Landscape design: Lola Landscape Architects Rotterdam and Gress real estate services

All images © MVRDV

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