Foster + Partners’ ‘Varso Tower’ becomes EU’s tallest building

the varso tower rises above warsaw

Foster + Partners celebrates the completion of its Varso Tower in Warsaw, which is now the tallest building in the European Union. the Skyscraper marks an integral addition to Varso Place, a development by HB Reavis, and rises above the Polish capital at a record height of 310 meters (1,017 ft).

Grant Brooker, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners, comments: ‘We are so proud to be part of this development. Our client HB Reavis has been a fantastic champion of the project throughout and our local associates at Epstein and Buro Happold have worked tirelessly alongside us..

We believe that the tower, filled with activity and with extraordinary public spaces on the roof, will make a strong and positive contribution to this wonderful city. We hope it will become a hub for local and international business and a symbol for contemporary Poland..’

Warsaw Tower | images © Aaron Hargreaves, Foster + Partners

a lively social center for visitors

the architects at Foster + Partners, introduce the Varso Tower to create a gateway to the new development in Warsaw. Located at the corner of Jana Pawla II and Chmielna Street, the project draws visitors through the building to a public plaza that connects to neighboring buildings.

A plaza surrounded by a glass screen becomes the “social heart” of the project and comes alive with trees and full-height benches for visitors to enjoy. This “urban room” is the homogeneous connection point between the people who work in the offices — who can use it as a sit-out during breaks — and the public, to access the shops and restaurants in the neighboring buildings.

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inside the skyscraper by Foster + Partners

The public realm continues at the top of the tower, accessible directly from the ground by two panoramic elevators, with an observation deck on level fifty-three. It is the highest inhabited floor in Poland with a breathtaking view of the city. Level forty-nine will soon offer a fully landscaped terrace bar, with sixteen trees, breaking the record for the tallest garden in Warsaw.

The offices are served by two rows of high-capacity, double-deck elevators, with each cabin serving two floors at a time. With 70,000 square meters of new office space, the tower includes wide-span floor plates with three meters (9.8 feet) of headroom for open-plan offices. The building obtains BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Gold certifications, in part thanks to its triple-glazed facades.

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Krzysztof Gornicki, Partner, Foster + Partners, comments:We are delighted to see the first tenants move into the tower, the result of close collaboration between Foster + Partners and HB Reavis. The tower lobby features a 10-meter-tall ceramic artwork by local artist Krystyna Kaszuba-Wacławek, which brilliantly enlivens the space.’

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Jedrzej Kolesinski, Partner, Foster + Partners, adds: “The Varso Tower is a timeless addition to the skyline and a vibrant destination in the heart of Warsaw. In addition to flexible office space, the building gives back to the city by providing a vibrant public realm. The tower’s direct underground connection to the adjacent Warsaw Central Station will breathe new life into the surrounding urban district.

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