News - 1 February 2021

Preparations Underway for Construction of ‘The Bridge’ Skyscraper

Preparations are now underway for construction of a new skyscraper in Warsaw called ‘The Bridge’, designed by UNStudio in cooperation with the local architect Projekt Polsko-Belgijska Pracownia Architektury.

‘The Bridge’, the latest project by real estate developer Ghelamco, is a 174-metre-high office tower that will be constructed next to Plac Europejski (European Square) in Warsaw. It earns its name from its special connection to the neighbouring building, which formerly housed the headquarters of Bellona publishing house. The buildings will be connected by a shared lobby, which will create a symbolic bridge between them.

Through the design, the Bellona building – whose facade Ghelamco painstakingly restored in 2016 – will be preserved and given additional functions.

“With its spatial organisation, [the new tower] strategically bridges the public spaces around it; but most importantly, it re-invents the city’s connection to its heritage by blending the historic Bellona building into a single composition with the new tower,” says Arjan Dingste, Director and Senior Architect at UNStudio.

“For UNStudio to design a new high-rise development means addressing the issue on how new building developments can perform in a new urban context – creating a framework for a sustainable future,” he added.

The 40-storey new development will offer 47,000sqm of top-class office space, approximately 280 parking spaces as well as bicycle facilities. It will also be equipped with state-of-the-art technical and environmentally friendly solutions. The building will include chargers for electric cars and a special parking lot for electric bicycles and electric scooters with charging spots.

Sales and development director of Ghelamco Poland, Jarosław Zagórski, said: “The Bridge will combine the future with the past, offering tenants a unique atmosphere, a climate that cannot be found in any skyscraper in Warsaw.”

It’s estimated that The Bridge will be completed in late 2024.