Construction work on The Villa Offices - the highest commercial building in Warsaw Brewery - has been completed. WeWork will soon open its headquarters there. The office building is another finished part of Echo Investment's city-forming project, that will combine residential, office,retail and entertainment purposes. Another new buildings are rising up. Advanced fitting-out works are being carried out in Villahouse Apartments, exceptional Malthouse Apartaments and the largest office building – Malthouse Offices.
Warsaw Brewery is becoming more and more integrated into the landscape of Warsaw's Wola. It is worth mentioning that on a nearly 4.5 hectare plot of land in the quarter of Grzybowska, Krochmalna, Wronia and Chłodna Streets, Echo Investment is developing a cross-purpose project that will provide residents, office workers, visitors and tourists with nearly 100,000 sqm of engaging city space.
Offices of Warsaw Brewery account for over 50% of this revitalized quarter on the map of Warsaw. In December 2018, Echo Investment put into operation Gatehouse Offices, where L'Oreal, WeWork, EPAM Systems Poland and Sony Interactive Entertainment operate. The same well-organized team can boast of another success - The Villa Offices.
"It is worth recalling many great moments, thanks to which Warsaw Brewery starts to live in the city. We successfully completed and sold the first office building Gatehouse Offices. The owners of Apartments at Krochmalna Street can enjoy their premises. We revitalized the historic building of Villa Schiele. We can boast of another success. Nine months after the symbolic topping out, we are celebrating the completion of another office part of the project. Out of concern for our employees, we have also introduced higher health and safety standards and a number of procedures that allowed us to safely and on timely complete the construction of the second office building in Warsaw Brewery. In April, The Villa Offices received an occupancy permit. This is an important moment for the whole project." says Michał Gerwat, Project Director of Warsaw Brewery.
The Villa Offices are a 55-metre building with a total area of over 16,000 sqm. Just here the tenants of the global co-working office space network WeWork will soon be the first to start operating. The building is distinguished by its fully glazed facade, which reflects the surrounding buildings like in a mirror. What is more, the whole area is covered with a large-scale, arranging "grating" made of dark aluminium facade profiles. The refraction of the solid, the entrance arcades and the windows will be highlighted by a beer malt-coloured cladding. This type of copper alloy on facades is very rarely used in Poland.
The Villa Offices, together with the finished building of Gatehouse Offices and the first city square open and invite to the heart of the whole project - the historic Cellars of the former Storage Cellar and the Brewery Market. The eastern wall of the building is the frontage of the newly built Haberbuscha and Schielego Street.
Employees and guests are welcomed by a representative lobby. Inside, the beer malt colour dominates, that is an extension of an impressive main entrance. Comfortable sofas and warm light bring a pleasant atmosphere. Soon, guests of the office building will also be able to drink delicious coffee served by a café that will be located in the western part of the ground floor, right next to the revitalized Schiele Villa.
The Villa Offices will provide comfort and security for all employees. The building offers the most innovative solutions, including zone lighting, comfort room temperature and good quality water and air. What is more, bicycle racks, cabinets and drying cabinets are available in a garage, as well as two stations for charging electric cars. Office tenants also have at their disposal green terraces, located on the top floors. A special ground allows to plant and care for various species of perennials, grasses and herbs. Such green roofs encourage birds to nest and are an attractive place for bees, butterflies and insects, which contributes to increasing urban biodiversity. From the very beginning, architects from JEMS have focused on environmentally friendly solutions, which is why the office building received an 'Excellent' BREEAM rating already at the design stage.
"Tenants who chose The Villa Offices valued our approach to designing the whole quarter. Fitting-out details, quality materials and stunning architecture feature every part of this project we create. We were not afraid of bold solutions. We want our tenants to feel good in their new spaces, so good style, references to the past and comfortable spaces are our priority," comments Michał Żelski, Regional Director at Echo Investment’s Offices Department.
On the ground floor of the building, service premises are being built. A two-level Adriatic restaurant Pjaca and a café will be a great complement to this place. Tenants and Warsaw residents can visit them at the end of 2020.
In the immediate vicinity of The Villa Offices, Echo Investment is developing Malthouse Offices. It will be the largest office building in the whole complex. A champagne gold and white facade of the building is almost ready. Most of works are being carried out inside the building now.
"Currently, space for tenants is being arranged in Malthouse Offices,, including space for Grupa Żywiec and the Allen&Overy law firm. We are steadily mounting false floors, partitions, air conditioning and ventilation systems in rooms. All lifts have been installed, and soon we will start fitting-out lift foyers and a lobby. The completion of works is planned for the third quarter of this year," says Michał Gerwat, Project Director of Warsaw Brewery.
Right next to the historic nineteenth-century Malthouse, a new icon of Warsaw Brewery is being developed – Malthouse Apartments. The apartment building featured with a beautiful copper facade is being built at a new section of Krochmalna Street, right next to the Malthouse Square, the Breakfast Square and the former Laboratory. The building offers 76 apartments, including two-level penthouses. Residents will have at their disposal, among others, the 24-hour Consierge service available seven days a week. The sale of Apartments at the Warzelnia has been going according to the plan from the beginning. In recent months, penthouses have been launched for sale, which complement the entire offer in this exclusive building.. The apartment building is going to be put into use in the fourth quarter of 2020.
"The elevation of Malthouse Apartments is an essentail and unique piece of this building and 50% of the facade is already done. Its originality and unique character will be to admire at the beginning of June, after dismantling of the scaffolding. At the same time, we are carrying out fitting-out works inside apartments, including plastering, flooring and laying utility systems. Almost 90% of these works are already completed," adds Michał Gerwat.
Along Haberbuscha and Schielego Street, Gatehouse Apartments’s units are being fitted-out. The facade of the building is finished. 450 new apartments for long-term rent are being built here. Resi4Rent will hand over them to the first tenants in the third quarter of 2020.
Gatehouse Apartments, taken by Paweł Suder
"We're not slowing down. Warsaw Brewery is our flagship project and each building delivered to market brings us closer to accomplish our promise we have given the residents of Warsaw. And now, we can say that the completion of the first "destination place" developed by Echo Investment is getting closer and closer," says Michał Gerwat.
The Warsaw Brewery project is planned to be finished at the end of 2020.