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The Sky’s the Limit
August 29, 2012   
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When it opened two years ago in the Skylight building on Złota St., the Pure Sky Club redefined the meaning of luxury in Warsaw.

The standard here is high, and not only because of the club’s location way above street level. Pure Sky is a members-only club and while you do not need a special invitation to join, you do need to be someone special. This is a hangout for the well-heeled, where the elite meets and where the glitterati sparkle.

Paul Cowen, the managing director of Pure Sky Club Warsaw, makes no bones about how exclusive this venue is. “It is located in the heart of city, right next to the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw’s central business district,” he says. “The view over the city from the 22nd floor of the Skylight building is phenomenal. We have been around for two years now and so far we have 1,500 members. They include businessmen, heads of large international companies and celebrities.”

Pure Sky opened in 2010 after its founders noticed a niche in the market for members-only clubs. Catering to the business community, celebrities and artists, such establishments have for years been popular in countries like Britain. Patrons appreciate them as high-end venues for both social and business meetings.

The Pure Sky Club is housed on 1,850 square meters on the top, 21st and 22nd floors of the Skylight building at 59 Złota St. Its sophisticated interiors were designed by architects Marta Sroka-Strzeszyńska and Agata Kopyć-Obarzanowska, who made sure the venue can be adapted for many different uses. It is, for example, a great place to work in that its ambiance helps patrons establish and strengthen business contacts, develop joint projects and hold business meetings. “The club’s facilities include an elegant restaurant, a two-level cocktail bar and eight conference rooms seating between four and 20 people,” says Cowen.

“Each is different in size with a different decor, so they are suitable for anything from a formal meeting to a hen party with karaoke. All our conference rooms enable audio teleconferencing and are fitted with high-definition audiovisual equipment, air-conditioning and a button to call the staff when needed.”

Pure Sky members can also find peaceful havens in private relaxation lounges and a spa center. A beautician, a hair stylist and a masseur are at hand. After a tough day, the club’s guests can chill out in a sauna that offers a spectacular, panoramic view of Warsaw. The club also has a cozy movie theater. Seated in comfortable reclining chairs, viewers can order drinks and snacks from waiters at any point during a screening.

Luckily for those who would like to become a member, no special recommendation is required. “Anybody interested in our services will be offered a special membership package tailored to his or her preferences,” says Cowen. “People join the club for many different reasons. Some are looking for a venue for business meetings, others like our cuisine and still others are partial to our private cinema where you can watch a movie or give a corporate presentation.”

Pure Sky Club members are free to use all the club’s facilities and invite guests of their own. Membership includes discounts in the club restaurant and bar as well as lower rates for booking conference rooms. On behalf of its members, Pure Sky staff can negotiate VIP passes to other clubs and special prices from exclusive Warsaw hotels, luxury car showrooms, stores with designer clothes (access to limited editions) and beauty parlors.

The attractive location in the city center makes Pure Sky an ideal venue for prestigious dinners, business mixers and cultural events. The club also has good contacts in the fashion community. “Designers like to use our club to unveil their latest collections,” Cowen says. “We hold fashion shows as open events, but of course, the best seats are reserved for our members. I believe this is a superb form of advertising for the designers, the club and our club members.”

Given all the benefits that come with Pure Sky Club membership, it’s no surprise so many people have proved interested. Sadly for procrastinators, the member list is not infinite. “We are planning to have around 1,800 members in total, but I cannot definitely say that once we reach that number, no new members will ever be accepted. Some businessmen join the club while they are temporarily living in Warsaw and once their contracts expire, they move on to take up new jobs elsewhere and their membership comes to a natural end.”

Cowen adds, “What we take the most pride in is the quality of our service. We are like nothing else in Poland and so it took us a while to establish ourselves in the business community. Our priority is to foster a business-friendly environment and to put a smile on people’s faces. We go to great lengths to make sure the services we provide are top of the range.”

The owners are planning to create a Pure Sky network with clubs in every major city in Europe. Membership of Pure Sky Club Warsaw will guarantee free access to Pure Sky clubs in other cities.

Katarzyna Kaczmarek

Pure Sky Club
Skylight Building
59 Złota St.
00-120 Warsaw
Open Mon.-Thu. 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.,
Fri. 6:30 a.m.-midnight,
Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, Sun. noon-5 p.m.
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