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Soft Lofts in Mokotów
April 16, 2008   
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Lofts are currently among the most fashionable and sought-after apartments in Poland. The country's first "soft" lofts-a compromise between an austere post-industrial style and a warmer interior-are springing up in Warsaw's Mokotów district as part of the Woronicza Qbik residential development. The developer, Ghelamco Residential, is opting for unusual architecture and modern design.

Warsaw's SoHo

Until recently, lofts were associated with old factories and warehouses that had been adapted for housing. The world's first lofts were created in New York in the 1960s. In those days, artists started to live in neglected light-industry facilities and factories in a neighborhood to the south of Houston Street; hence the name SoHo-South of Houston. They were looking for large spaces that they required for studios and galleries.

Today loft apartments are usually built from scratch. Clients expect bold architectural designs as well as comfort and convenience. Poland's first soft lofts offered as part of the Woronicza Qbik project are a response to this trend.

The project will be built at the corner of Woronicza and Racjonalizacji streets in the post-industrial part of Mokotów. The complex, designed by INVI Architects, is ideally suited to meet the expectations of clients looking for original living spaces. The development will harmonize with the post-industrial atmosphere of this part of the capital.

Lofty interiors

Lofts are open spaces-usually with only external building walls. That is how the Woronicza Qbik apartments are designed. The nearly six-meter windows in the living rooms will provide panoramic views of central Warsaw. Simple forms will dominate the interiors. Ghelamco Residential has three design versions: hard loft-with concrete floors, raw steel and glass, emphasizing the owner's love of the minimalist style; soft loft, a compromise between the usual rigid loft finish and a warmer interior; and typical city style, an interior finish intended for clients looking for less avant-garde apartments. The wide choice of apartments at Woronicza Qbik has caught the eye of young singles and artists leading an active lifestyle, as well as businesspeople who are interested in unconventional dwellings.

As big as Qbik

The Woronicza Qbik project will comprise more than 350 apartments of varying sizes, from 36-square-meter apartments to spacious 200-sq-m penthouses. Each will be provided with an infrastructure necessary for the installation of an "intelligent system" to enable remote-control management of the residence. There will be a two-story garage under the building. The building will have 24-hour security and facilities for residents such as a delicatessen store, a café bar, a fitness club and a spa. There will also be a 3,000-sq-m internal patio for Woronicza Qbik residents, an example of a bold garden design.

Quality guaranteed

A home is an investment, and clients expect the developer to provide quality and financial stability. The position built by Ghelamco over the years in Poland and elsewhere in Europe is a guarantee for Woronicza Qbik clients. The Ghelamco Poland company, which belongs to the Belgian group, has been investing in Poland for the last 17 years. It is known for keeping to project deadlines and for the high quality of its buildings. It has won several awards in Poland for some of its projects. The company won the title of Developer of the Year 2006 and 2007 in Poland and Developer of the Year 2006 in Central and Eastern Europe.

More information at: www.woroniczaqbik.pl and www.ghelamcoresidential.pl

Sales Office: Ghelamco
52 Domaniewska St.
02-672 Warsaw
tel. 0-22 444 62 62
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