The first building designed in Poland by MVRDV, pays tribute to another iconic building in the city of Poznan, theRotunda (Okrąglak) by architect Marek Leykam built between 1948-1954.
The name of the building is linked to an old cinema, Baltyk, located in the area, and was chosen to underline the building’s social function as a place for meeting and integration. On the building’s 16 floors there will be offices and commercial units, as well as a hotel, gym, jazz club and panoramic restaurant.
The building, designed by MVRDV pays tribute to the city’s modern heritage. The architects have designed a building with a floor plan and an irregular vertical development that changes depending on your point of view. This differentiation is an advantage for the functional organisation of the interiors. For example, the office space is limited to a depth of seven metres, allowing sunlight to illuminate the workspace. The upper floors have panoramic terraces that offer a view over the city, in particular on the south side, where the step construction gives every floor ample outdoor space for users.
Design team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries con Fokke Moerel, Roy Sieljes, Anton Wubben, Jaap Baselmans, Doris Goldstein, Maciej Grelewicz, Brygida Zawadzka and Irena Nowacka.
Location: Poznan, Poland
Photos: Ossip van Duivenbode