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Building Boldly
February 25, 2011   
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Agata Tomicka-Stisz, residential sales manager at ING Real Estate Development Sp. z o.o., talks to Barbara Deręgowska.

Your company is part of the international ING group. How does that influence your projects?
The fact that we are known around the world earns us investors’ trust and guarantees customers top-quality service and designs that stand out. Regardless of what continent we operate on, the company looks after local communities. Whether we build ordinary apartments or high-end commercial projects, it is our priority to respect the architecture which is already there. Daring buildings designed by acclaimed architects and built by ING look good and are highly functional.

Some buildings developed by your company are in Poland, others in New York City. What do you do to attract new customers?
Bold design must not be confused with irrationality, which is the case when soaring, eye-catching structures are built against better judgment. We work with famous and respected architects to whom we only give certain guidelines that stem from our corporate policy. We just expect interesting designs and state-of-the-art-technology, leaving the rest to the architects in anticipation of the final concept design. I need to mention this, because our partners may get a wrong impression at first. An overview of projects we have carried out so far might suggest we lack a coherent vision, as the buildings differ dramatically from one another. Depending on whether this is New York, Prague or, most recently, Wrocław, the architecture of each building is adapted to the local culture, tradition and community.

Does the Thespian building differ much from other buildings of its kind in Wrocław?
Although Wrocław generally has a reputation as a city with little variety of architecture, we were pleasantly surprised. Alongside the historic Old Town area, Wrocław residents and investors in the city are given a wide choice of modern architecture. The Thespian is a case in point with its original character that might come across as a surprise as well. It is a hybrid of modern design and architecture that does not disrupt its neighborhood. The building blends in with other buildings on the square it stands on. We made sure that it would stand out and yet match the surrounding buildings. This is our way to show respect for the local population. The building is fitted with “intelligent” technology, most of which you do not even see. The technology includes the Double Skin facade of a double glass layer to reduce noise, an air-conditioning system adjustable for different rooms, an access control system in the residential and retail sections and round-the-clock concierge assistance. Composed of several separate installations, the system was designed specially for ING Real Estate and this is why the Thespian differs significantly from other buildings which are under construction in Wrocław. The Thespian will also be probably the only premium project among those that will be ready this year.
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