Historic buildings with a modernist twist

Edificios históricos con un toque moderno

The construction industry in Poland has developed since formation of the State and for centuries has reflected the various situations and conditions affecting the country. Many relics of past epochs have fortunately survived until today thereby richly diversifying contemporary architecture. Until recently, an enormous number of such buildings have been demolished and forgotten, along with the history they had to tell. Fortunately, the attitude of ”out with the old, in with the new” is gradually changing. Dilapidated historic buildings are subject to comprehensive renovation to grant them a completely new life and purpose. Although these can be extremely complex projects often requiring special permits from various authorities and use of strictly appropriate materials, such investments are gaining more and more popularity among protagonists groups.

History with a modern interpretation

Historic building complexes that have been left to fall into disrepair often present a opportunity for organisations specialising in the renovation and adaptation of space for contemporary use.

The works scope carried out depends on the permits issued by monuments’ conservator. Assessment prepared by him specifies the permissible intervention and indicates area the possible spheres of planned activities implementation.

Creating a unique atmosphere within a modern and irregular form is a challenge demanding a multitude of experts cooperating in the fields of construction, monument conservation, interior design and multi-stage project management.

Preservation of such unique buildings  being subject to characteristic style determines the their final success and desireability. Such combination creates great interest for organisations ambitious to utilise such unique space for offices, commercial buildings, shopping centres, restaurants or shops.

Examples taken from life

The Polish real estate market boasts a significant number of examples of renovation and adaptation of buildings listed as historic monuments for contemporary use. One of the regions leading this trend is Upper Silesia where historic buildings comprise a significant part of the fabric of urban architectural.

Stary Spichlerz (The Old Granary) in Gliwice where the predominant theme is red brick used to build the building has been converted into exclusive lofts and apartments housed within previously industrial buildings. Minimal interference in the process of adaptation to contemporary use combined with sympathetic preservation of original features, fixtures and fittings deserve special mention.

In the southern city of Zabrze in the heart of the industrial region of Silesia, the former Concordia Coal Mine underwent a dramatic transformation process. The project including the establishment of a gastronomic restaurant, the arrangement of which reflects the spirit of the post-industrial buildings. This development combines the romance of regional heritage with contemporary cuisine to pay homage to the mine’s bygone splendour.

Warsaw also boasts a revitalized complex of such revitalised buildings. The Powiśle Power Station (Elektrownia Powiśle), which survived World War II, was left to dilapidate for decades. Only the spectacular efforts of concened parties prevented the entire site from falling into irreservable disrepair. The most significant elements of the construction have been preserved including the red brick facades, a premium construction material at the time. Today the site is a multi-use development comprising commercial, retail and  residential space providing Warsawians with a beautiful and desirable centre of premium facilities for both recreation and business.

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Fit out as an opportunity to revitalize historic buildings

History and modernity are more and more often intertwined.  This trend is no better reflected by the restoration and adpatation of historically significant buildings. Buildings that for centuries have stood witness to the most important events of the past and have brought together local communities have certainly earned their place in today’s architectural scene.

Interior renovation projects in such facilities can be expensive requiring thorough preparation and application of cutting edge creative ideas. A critical element is the vision of its use following completion the works. Another approach requires preparation of space for offices, another for commercial services. Companies from the fit out industry comprehensively manage renovation of various types of spaces and historic interiors to include renovation.

Engagement of such an enterprise to manage such complex projects guarantees meeting deadlines, effective budget management and ensures support of leading experts from a wide variety of industries.


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