Gdansk Offices

WGI was invited by a US-based international developer to participate in a closed design competition for a Class A office tower on a prominent city centre site in Gdansk, on Poland's Baltic coast. The brief called for a cost effective, innovative design harmonising with the urban surroundings, featuring high efficiency office floor areas and demonstrating strong environmental considerations.
As architect and lead consultant, WGI responded to the client's six-week deadline by quickly assembling a close knit design team including civil, structural and M&E engineers. The ensuing concept design was developed to RIBA Stage D detail to fully demonstrate functional flexibility and cost efficiency.
The design comprised a central core tower elevated on a podium of above grade parking with a sky lobby area as a buffer zone between the two. This configuration responded well to the client's vision as well as the planning requirements, by providing ground floor retail space whilst creating a welcoming, representative, social space within the sky lobby.
Working towards the highest possible LEED certification, the concept design included and was determined by sustainable principles throughout, from the orientation on site to double skin elevations and integrated solar shading, to facilitate natural ventilation and maximise daylight whilst reducing solar gains.
Our scheme was considered to provide a higher level of flexibility and efficiency of the office floor areas when compared with the other competing schemes.

Date: 2009
Location: Gdansk, Poland
Client: Confidential
Value: c.€25m
Service: Architecture: Concept Design