Ericpol Software Pool

Award: Architectural Design of the Year, Poland
Name of project: Ericpol Software Pool
Type of project : office
Street & City where project is located: Sienkiewicza 175, Lodz
Total space (not leasable space): 12 121 m2
Name(s) of investor(s): Ericpol Sp. z o.o.
Developer: Ericpol Sp. z o.o.
Architect: Horizone Studio
Short information about architectural firm(s) : Horizone Studio is a creative and energetic architectural office based in Krakow, specializing in the design of office and civic buildings as well as residential schemes. The practice was established in 2009 by partners Dominik Darasz, Bartłomiej Kisielewski and Robert Strzeński. Founding member of the PLGBC and ETIA. Member of SPCC.
Brief information about the project from an architectural point of view: The main challenge presented by the project was the alignment of the functional requirements with the limitations of heritage preservation and the restrictive conditions of the development. The office building was given the form of a four-storey-high solid with two wings, linked in its central section by a glazed connecting section. The building design is based on a plan approximating the letter X whose form allowed the optimum use of the area and conformed to the functional programme commissioned by the investor. The architectural language applied in the project reinforced its clear relations with the environment. The green wedge of the park enters deeply into the building, limiting the intensity of development. The form applied provided for major flexibility in the arrangement of office space. The functional division was adjusted to the specific nature of the work of its future users and to the investor’s strict requirements concerning security and access control.
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