The Skyliner reveals what is hidden behind the glass facade [PHOTO]
Flexible office space, the latest technological solutions and the icing on the cake, i.e. the two-storey Skybar located at a height of 165 metres – this is how the Skyliner looks like “from the inside”. The building slowly reveals what is hidden behind its glass facade. The author of the architectural design of the new Warsaw office building is APA Wojciechowski.
The facade works on Skyliner have already been completed, both on the podium and on the office tower. The scaffolding has disappeared, revealing a completely glazed building facade. Currently, the scaffolding is being dismantled at the construction site from the highest point of the Skyliner, the so-called “plume”, which is enclosed by glass and a reinforced concrete wall. These works are very complicated and require extremely precise execution due to the number of installations and the combination of facades and roof elements. An additional challenge is the shape of the roof, which is tilted at a very large slant. Due to the height of the building – 195 metres, the work on the top is carried out by alpine teams. Sanitation and installation works are also coming to an end.
There are four cooling towers on the roof of Skyliner, and the weight of the heaviest equipment transported to the highest levels exceeded 13.5 tonnes. 24 circulating pumps were installed in the engine rooms to ensure the cooling of the entire facility and the twenty-tonne equipment had to be placed with an accuracy of a few millimetres.
“We are currently in the process of approving the finishing works of the office part. We have also completed work in the toilet complexes and in the lift halls, where we can observe the combination of raw concrete with oak veneer. During the execution stage, we had to tackle the very high precision of the elements’ incorporation into the building in order to reflect the architects’ design goals as accurately as possible,” says Michał Mrozek, manager of finishing works at Warbud, the general contractor of the investment.
Warbud is also currently working in the main hall of the office building, where the floor is being laid, while outside the building, a stone is being laid around the property – it will soon become a part of the green-filled urban area, accessible to all city residents. The culmination and gem of the building is Skybar, located on two storeys at 165 metres high, with an amazing view of the Warsaw skyline.
“Skybar will be a public place for relaxation and special events. It will be used by both the users of the office building and the city residents. After the opening of Skybar, we will all admire the skyline of Warsaw on 4 sides of the world from 41st and 42nd floor,” says Andrzej Lany, Director of Asset Management at Karimpol Polska.
Thanks to the fully glazed facade of the building and the short distance from the core to the facade, the office building will offer potential tenants an excellent view of the city. A foretaste of Skyliner’s capabilities is a representative showroom located on the 23rd floor of the building. The showroom is equipped with an integrated control system, which enables to control lighting, temperature and window blinds.
“Skyliner’s office space has been designed to give future tenants the possibility of flexible arrangement. The lack of columns in the corners of the building will create spectacular corner offices, while the limited number of columns on the floors will allow for comfortable division of space into offices and open space. One of the elements which will distinguish the building will be its excellent daylight illumination. It has been achieved mainly thanks to the facade – full glazing from floor to ceiling and the height of rooms which will be 2.8 metres from floor to ceiling,” comments Andrzej Lany.