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Polish architect wins Kiribati Floating Houses competition

Architecture
WORLD Marcin Kitala of the Warsaw-based Kuryłowicz & Associates architectural studio has won the Kiribati Floating Houses competition organised by Young Architects Competitions.

The architects had to design buildings that would take into account the climate change and rising water levels. The winning design is called ‘Riiki’ and is inspired by Oceania mythology and local Kiribati culture. Pentagonal floating platforms each with a side-length of 50m and an area of 4,300 sqm can easily be connected and can accommodate up to 30 people. People can add or take away units as they please.

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Investment & finance

POLAND Arrow takes aim at Poland

schedule 01 July 2020
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Arrow Capital Partners has acquired Airport House in Warsaw for its USD 3 bln European Strategic Industrial Real Estate (SIRE) platform for an undisclosed sum.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Panattoni to begin latest Silesian park

schedule 01 July 2020
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Panattoni is to develop its latest warehouse and manufacturing park in Silesia – Panattoni Park Zabrze II.

Investment & finance

POLAND Strong H1 volumes despite the virus

schedule 01 July 2020
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An investment volume of EUR 2.9 bln was transacted on Polish real estate in the second best H1 on record, according to JLL.

Investment & finance

POLAND Investor confidence set to recover – Cresa

schedule 30 June 2020
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Despite the impact of the pandemic, Poland should continue to be an attractive commercial real estate investment destination, according to Cresa.

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND GFT moves HQ to Brama Miasta

schedule 30 June 2020
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German software provider GFT is moving its Polish headquarters in Łódź to the first building of the Brama Miasta complex in the city centre, where it will occupy three floors and 4,700 sqm.

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND Skanska seals largest ever lease

schedule 30 June 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

Skanska has finalised the signing of a ten-year, 47,000 sqm lease with insurance company PZU for all the office, retail, storage and parking space in the third stage of Generation Park in Warsaw – the entire Y building.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Accolade to invest EUR 47 mln in Gorzów

schedule 30 June 2020
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Accolade has been revealed to be the investor behind the Panattoni Park Gorzów Wielkopolski, which is currently being developed by Panattoni in western Poland.

Property and Facility Management

POLAND MVGM chosen for City One

schedule 29 June 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

MVGM has taken over the management of City One, the first stage of the City Forum office complex in Wrocław.

Office & mixed-use development

Romania Hagag takes on Știrbey Palace

schedule 29 June 2020
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Real estate developer Hagag Development Europe has received the urban planning certificate for its restoration and conversion into offices of Știrbey Palace in Bucharest.

Investment & finance

CZECH REPUBLIC City West C1 and C2 sold for CZK 2 bln

schedule 29 June 2020
Nathan North
deputy editor

Czech real estate group Českomoravská Nemovitostní (ČMN) has completed the CZK 2 bln (app. EUR 74.5 mln) acquisition of two office buildings: City West C1 and C2 in Prague’s western Stodůlky district.

Technology

WORLD Investment set to rise in home office tech

schedule 29 June 2020
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As many as 88 pct of EMEA occupiers intend to invest more in technology designed specifically to aid home working, according to CBRE’s 2020 EMEA Occupier Flash Survey.

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND Wrocław office market on the road to recovery

schedule 29 June 2020
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The Wrocław office market is now on the recovery path after the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Polish consultancy Walter Herz.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Poland set for a nearshoring boom?

schedule 29 June 2020
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Poland may become a nearshoring hotspot, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic, claims consultancy Savills.

Warehouse & industrial

POLAND Elastron comes to North Gate

schedule 29 June 2020
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Leather and fabrics distributor Elastron has leased almost 3,000 sqm in the S5 Wrocław North Gate industrial park in Psary north of Wrocław.

Investment & finance

POLAND Tomasz Trzósło approved as EPP CEO

schedule 29 June 2020
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A general meeting of shareholders has approved the appointment of Tomasz Trzósło to the position of CEO of EPP.

Office & mixed-use development

POLAND Warsaw Unit puts on dragon skin

schedule 26 June 2020
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Ghelamco Poland is about to complete installing a kinetic façade, called ‘Dragon Skin’, onto its Warsaw Unit office development.

Office & mixed-use development

BULGARIA Landlords in no mood to postpone or lower rents

schedule 25 June 2020
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As many as 71 pct of office tenants in Sofia have asked to defer rental payments and 53 pct have asked for a temporary rent reduction, according to a survey of 85 office landlords in the city by consultancy MBL.

Technology

WORLD Pandemic to speed up digitalisation

schedule 25 June 2020
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During the pandemic digitisation has become fundamental to business development and stability, according to the findings of the “Omnichannel – from evolution to revolution. A look at the pandemic” report by Colliers International.

Warehouse & industrial

Poland A2 Park delivered

schedule 25 June 2020
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Panattoni has announced that it has completed the development of the A2 Warsaw Park.

Warehouse & industrial

Poland Data centre takes 21,000 sqm for 15 years

schedule 25 June 2020
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Savills Investment Management has announced the signing of a 15-year lease of 21,000 sqm in Gate One Business Park in Warsaw.

Latest in Architecture

schedule 09 May 2020

Mirbud inks Ełk contract

POLAND Mirbud’s contract has been finalised for the construction of a Bi1 grocery hypermarket and petrol station next to the Karuzela shopping centre in Ełk in northeastern Poland.

schedule 26 March 2020

Erbud to build Bydgoszcz estate

POLAND Erbud has been awarded a PLN 37.2 mln net contract with Kalisz-based Colian Developer for the construction of a residential project at ul. Garbary 5 in Bydgoszcz.

schedule 23 March 2020

Polish architect wins Kiribati Floating Houses competition

WORLD Marcin Kitala of the Warsaw-based Kuryłowicz & Associates architectural studio has won the Kiribati Floating Houses competition organised by Young Architects Competitions.

schedule 28 February 2020

Horizone designs Brest offices

BELARUS Kraków-based Horizone Studio is preparing the design of the headquarter building of Polish-Belarusian IT company Epol Soft in Brest.

schedule 24 February 2020

Design chosen for Czestochowa station

POLAND Polish State Railways (PKP) has published pictures of the future Częstochowa Główna railway station.

schedule 15 January 2020

Częstochowa station redesigned

POLAND The competition to find a concept design for the Częstochowa Główna station has been won by a project by Top Projekt Marek Wawrzyniak (Rybnik), NStudio (Paris) and Studio Antonini (Paris).

schedule 06 December 2019

Warsaw now for everyone

POLAND The European commission has awarded Warsaw the main prize of EUR 150,000 in the Access City Award 2020 competition for improving access for the disabled.

schedule 18 November 2019

Six left in running to build government estate

POLAND Six architectural studios have been shortlisted out of 93 in a competition to design a residential estate on ul. Ratuszowa in Warsaw as part of the government’s Apartment Plus social housing programme.

schedule 07 November 2019

Modernistic modernisation for Gdynia theatre

POLAND Architectural studio WXCA has prepared the design documentation for the redevelopment of the Witold Gombrowicz Theatre in Gdynia.

schedule 04 November 2019

Three awards for Polish studio

POLAND/BELARUS Warsaw-based architectural studio WXCA has won three awards at the Minsk International Biennale of Young Architects – Leonardo 2019.

schedule 29 October 2019

Blasting off from within Moscow

RUSSIA Construction of the National Space Centre has started in Moscow.

schedule 08 October 2019

Chapman Taylor unveils Solidarity Airport design

POLAND Chapman Taylor has unveiled its proposed design for the new Central Communication Port (CPK) between Warsaw and Łódź in Poland.

schedule 26 September 2019

Top Tower to top them all

CZECH REPUBLIC Trigema is preparing for the construction of the tallest building in the Czech Republic – the 135m Top Tower in Prague’s Nové Butovice district.

schedule 09 September 2019

WXCA to design for Vantage

POLAND WXCA has won the architectural competition to design an office building that will be developed in the Port Popowice complex in Wrocław that is to be developed by Vantage Development.

schedule 16 August 2019

Chapman Taylor designs media centre

RUSSIA Chapman Taylor has produced two concept designs for a state-of-the-art media centre in St Petersburg.

schedule 13 August 2019

Buildings planned for Warsaw University

POLAND The Association of Polish Architects [SARP] has announced an architectural competition to find a design concept for teaching facilities for the University of Warsaw.

schedule 08 August 2019

Competition for Białołęka park concept

POLAND An architectural competition has been launched for the redevelopment of the Park Botewa area of Warsaw's Białołęka district.

schedule 07 August 2019

WXCA to design Wielkopolska Uprising Museum

POLAND Warsaw studio WXCA has come first in the competition to design the concept of the new Museum of the Wielkopolska Uprising, dedicated to the events surrounding the Greater Poland Uprising of 1918/19.

schedule 06 August 2019

Central Station enters monumental era

POLAND Warszawa Centralna [Warsaw Central] station has been listed as a registered monument and thus is now covered by a protection order. The decision should preserve the structure of the modernist station and its spatial layout in its existing form.

schedule 24 July 2019

Polish finalists at World Architecture Festival

WORLD The World Architecture Festival (WAF), one of the most important architectural events globally, is to take place this year on December 4th–6th in Amsterdam – and this time a number of Polish projects have been shortlisted for awards.

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