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World-Class Quality in Warsaw
October 31, 2013   
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World-famous architects and designers have been commissioned to work on many of the innovative and luxurious apartment towers springing up in Warsaw.

The Złota 44 building on Złota Street in the city center, advertised as the most exclusive residential tower in Warsaw, was designed by Daniel Libeskind, an internationally acclaimed American architect of Polish descent.

Born in ŁódĽ, central Poland, Libeskind was chosen as the masterplan architect for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in New York and has a string of other famous projects to his name, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center in Hong Kong, the Crystals shopping mall at the MGM Mirage center in Las Vegas, and the Dancing Towers in Seoul.

The Złota 44 tower offers considerably more than an original shape. The Orco group, the investor behind the project, promises to make the luxury apartments and their furnishings just as special. This task has been entrusted to Woods Bagot, a London-based architecture and consulting studio specializing in design with a history of successful international real estate projects in cities such as Melbourne, London, New York and Singapore. According to the Orco group, work on the overall concept for the building, complete with the interior decor, took a whole year in order to ensure that the interiors matched and complemented Libeskind’s architectural design.

The building will have state-of-the-art smart technology. Roger Black, the creative director at the Orco Property Group, is in charge of turning Złota 44 into a unique consumer product. Black works in London and has designed many award-winning premium residential projects. The interiors of Złota 44 have, in turn, been designed by Jonathan Clarke of Woods Bagot.

The apartment interiors have been inspired by early 20th-century design that flourished in London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw and other major European cities. The style is best reflected in Le Club meeting lounge on the eighth floor, reserved for the exclusive use of Złota 44 residents and their guests. The building will also have a wellness center with a 25-meter swimming pool and a gym, a cafe and a bar with a green terrace, a business center with conference rooms and a movie theater for private screenings. Alongside facilities such as a room for baby carriages and bikes, the ground floor will house Warsaw’s only wine cellar located in an apartment building.

Złota 44 will be one of the most technologically advanced residential buildings in Europe. It is the country’s first skyscraper to have a facade of triple-pane windows. The facade will reduce penetration by sunlight, enhance the building’s energy efficiency and keep noise out. Residents will be taken to their apartments in fast elevators traveling at six meters a second. All apartments will be fitted with a Home Management System (HMS).

Nearby Złota 44, another high-profile residential tower has been built at 2/4 Twarda St. Designed by world famous architect Helmut Jahn, the Cosmopolitan building features an inventive, highly distinctive building design that posed a challenge to the developer. A third of the tower gives the appearance of being suspended above the street. Apartments in the Cosmopolitan are housed between the eighth and 44th floors. The facade, made entirely of glass in different shades, looks impressive from the outside and lets in the maximum amount of daylight. The Cosmopolitan offers the highest construction standards with all the technological comforts available on the market, starting with windows that open, which are a rarity in towers of this kind. Cosmopolitan residents will be able to use their smartphones to control the lighting, air-conditioning and their television sets.

The turnkey apartments will come with fully furnished kitchens, complete with high-end appliances. The bathrooms have all the fixtures in place, with floors and walls made of marble instead of ordinary ceramic tiles. Each apartment will also come with oaken wood floors, closets, cupboards and a laundry room. The Cosmopolitan has three show homes on the eighth floor.

Intelligent and environmentally-friendly houses and residential buildings are no longer a novelty in Poland. Automated systems have become commonplace in modern buildings and are most frequently used to control the lighting and heating systems, air-conditioning and ventilation, gates, alarm systems and home stereos. One example of how cutting-edge technology can be put into use in housing is the Rezydencje Pałacowa estate, developed by the Real Management and Grupa Capital Park companies in Warsaw’s Wilanów district. These modernist, single-family houses will form Poland’s first residential estate with automated systems controlled via Apple tablet computers and smartphones. By installing a special application on their iPhones and iPads, residents will be able to control a host of devices and systems in their homes, from lamps and curtains to stereo systems and household appliances. The system includes remote surveillance so owners can see what is going on in their houses.

Rezydencje Pałacowa is one of the most exclusive and expensive projects on Warsaw’s real estate market. Depending on their location within the estate, the houses cost between zl.2.5 and 3 million. Phase one of the project has been completed and comprises 24 of a total of 48 luxurious homes. The first residents moved in at the beginning of May.

Another intelligent and green residential estate is being built on Kruczkowskiego Street in the downtown Powi¶le neighborhood. comprising five six-story modern town houses, the estate will consist of 139 premium apartments between 40 to 139 square meters in size and with one to four bedrooms. Elegantly laid-out gardens surround the site.

Underneath the gardens is an underground parking garage with extra storage space for residents. The estate was designed by the Kuryłowicz & Associates studio, which has many other prestigious residential projects and premium apartments under its belt. The estate’s “green architecture” and the garden are designed to make residents feel as if they are living in a park, especially because the garden architecture will also feature gas street lamps matching historic lamps in this part of Warsaw.
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