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Wroc³aw’s Heritage Gates Restored to Splendor
August 29, 2012   
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The beautiful historic city of Wroc³aw boasts many streets full of character and eye-catching buildings but one street in particular, Rze¼nicza, hosts a landmark building.

Called Heritage Gates and nestled at 28-31 Rze¼nicza St., the building has recently undergone a remarkable refurbishment that has restored this magnificent property to its former glory.

Years of careful preparation and a thorough and thoughtful refurbishment have achieved not just the restoration of this majestic monumental building but have also yielded a flexible and stunning space that is now attracting tenants carrying out both business and social activities.

The refurbishment of historic buildings is a highly complex and time-consuming process. However, one quick glance at what Heritage Gates looks like after the makeover is enough to ascertain that the years of work have produced results: restored to its former splendor, this historic building takes the breath away. Its 4-meter-plus high rooms, huge windows, sweeping staircase and the wonderful courtyard, as well as many other rich architectural details leave one thinking that modern buildings can never compete with the majestic monumental buildings of yesteryear, of which Heritage Gates is a shining example.

The refurbishment was carried out under the supervision of the AIM Engineering company in Wroc³aw and was managed by the head of the firm’s project management department, Monika ¯elazkiewicz.

“The project was a collaboration by a team of dedicated professionals and specialists who are at the top of their field of expertise and who created meticulous designs and ideas and brought them from paper to reality,” ¯elazkiewicz said. “Working on this project was a challenge and gave all of the parties a great deal of new experiences. The building surprised all of us and we had to change our plans on numerous occasions as a result. I am extremely proud to have been part of such a unique project and of its continuing history.”

The building was originally designed in 1900 by the renowned German architect Karl Grosser and features prominently on the list of Wroc³aw’s monument-buildings as an example of neo-Renaissance style.

Formerly home to the city’s main Post Office, the building’s refurbishment has succeeded in not just restoring it to its former splendor but in producing an inspirational work and social environment by taking advantage of cutting-edge technology.

When approaching the building, one is struck by its ornamental facade and impressive main entrance hallway. No less stunning is the courtyard and the building’s 4.5-meter-wide beautiful wooden staircase with brick inlay as well as the upper floors, which offer spacious, open-plan office areas with exceptionally high ceilings and decorative columns.

The building’s four floors provide a combined 3,200 sq m of flexible and versatile office space, ranging from 52 sq m to a respectable 700 sq m in size. The interiors feature a combination of brick, terrazzo, sandstone as well as meranti wood and raw steel. These materials pay tribute to the history of the building and are a feast for the eye in terms of color and texture.

For the quieter moments of the day, or for those seeking solace, the breathtaking courtyard hidden at the back of the building provides an elegant and tranquil haven.

Heritage Gates has been transformed into a world-class building. Any visitor cannot help but be struck by its timeless elegance, unequaled style and historical legacy.

Wroc³aw will be proud of this awe-inspiring building for years to come.

“The refurbishment was completed in July 2012 and our first tenants have already moved in,” says Anna Patrzyk-Sperzyñska, Leasing Director at Immobillo Group Sp. z o.o. who is responsible for renting out the Heritage Gates premises. “With its unique character, the building attracts tenants looking for a space straying from the typical developments which are currently available on the market. The investor has attached importance to providing retail and office space for flexible individual design but at the same time he wished to stress the historic origins and heritage of the building. In order to meet our tenants’ expectations, we have provided all the latest solutions available in modern office buildings such as access control system, CCTV, fiber optic installation and raised flooring.”
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