When it comes to the question of “Which central European city is going to look the most like Manhattan?”, it is an open and shut case. Warsaw is going to win hands down.
(perspective deliberately makes the others look too small!)
A = Rondo 1
B = Zlota 44
C = Lim / Marriott
Lilium will be 240m high, or perhaps 257m high depending on who you listen to. It will be full of, you guessed it, luxury apartments and an apartment hotel. On the roof will be Warsaw’s second cloud-line swimming pool / spa complex.
It doesn’t end there. Also coming to Warsaw’s city centre are the Kulczyk Tower
and the Shalom Tower, with holes that generate electricity from wind power, allegedly.
And that’s just Warsaw! There are similar towers planned for Wrocław and Gdansk/Gdynia. Hell, it won’t be long before I’ll be building one of my own!
I was talking somewhere about Israeli investment into Poland. Worth mentioning therefore that both the Lilium and Shalom (second comes as no surprise!) are Israeli investments.
In terms of the architecture, I love the Lilium tower and really hope it happens. Yellerbelly mentioned that the cheap & cheerful Chinese restaurant we ate lunch in the other day is closing down soon to make way for the construction of Lilium as it stands directly underneath the planned tower, so I suspect this might be advanced enough to look forward to. I’ll miss the Chinese food though. A decent Chinese restaurant is like gold-dust in Warsaw.
The other two are widely talked about but I suspect more problematic in terms of getting permissions and digging holes.
I have to ask the question of all of this though, does Warsaw REALLY need more towers full of luxury apartments? Either I’m seriously out of touch with reality, or there are one hell of a lot more seriously rich people here than I thought. I have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of these things were designed in the fever of a booming residential market that, according to me and a growing number of others, is about to flop. Wonder what affect that will have on the future skyline of Warsaw?
Thanks to these guys and others for the info and pics and stuff!