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Revealed: Foster's plans for tallest tower in Poland

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The first images have been unveiled of proposals by Foster + Partners for the tallest building in Poland

Backed by burgeoning real estate developer HB Reavis, the 310m-tall Varso Place office tower in Warsaw city centre will be 40cm higher than London’s Shard and is set to become the fourth highest building in Europe.

Even considered without its 60m-tall spire, the block will be the second tallest building in Poland, narrowly behind Warsaw’s 237m-tall Palace of Culture and Science, which was built in 1955.

The 53-storey tower is the centrepiece of a wider 140,000m² mixed-use development that has just started on site and includes a number of ‘impressive viewing decks’, according to the practice, and a restaurant on the 46th and 47th floors.

The project also features two complementary buildings of 21 and 19 storeys designed by local architects Hermanowicz Rewski

Pavel Trenka, chief executive of HB Reavis Group, said he hoped the development would become ‘an exceptional destination; a new hub for local and international business and leisure in Poland’.

Site plan

Site plan

Grant Brooker, head of studio at Fosters and leading the design team in London said: ‘[Varso Place] will establish a new destination capable of revitalising this urban quarter, right in the heart of the city.

‘The building contains high-quality and flexible office space, but it also makes an important contribution to the city with its glazed public courtyard at ground level and the spectacular viewing platforms with restaurants and bars at the top. These public galleries offer panoramic views of the city to everyone.

‘We are really looking forward to moving the project into the next stage of its development and starting construction.’

Construction began last month and is scheduled to complete in 2020.

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