Plans have been unveiled to transform a historic department store into a unique retail and food destination in the heart of Warsaw.
The plans drawn up by architects Broadway Malyan will see the redevelopment of the former Dom Jablkowskich department store and a neighbouring building to create an exciting new development in one of the city’s busiest districts.
The proposals will see the creation of four floors of retail within the former department store with the aspiration that the basement and ground floor will be predominantly focused on food and gastronomy while the upper floors for independent lifestyle and fashion retailers.
The new plans will also will see the creation of a new walkway between the two buildings and a glass covered courtyard with restaurants and coffee shops while there will also be a new entrance from the street as well as larger shop windows at street level.
The project will see a significant modification of the vertical circulation with the installation of new escalators although the feature staircase in the centre of the main atrium and the historic stain glassed windows will all be retained with the space used for exhibitions and events.
The project will benefit from a programme to upgrade the nearby square which will remove much of the traffic away from the building and will see more pedestrian-friendly additions such as wider pavements and tree planting.
Broadway Malyan director Robert Kaminski said: “This is an early modernist building of real quality and we will be retaining as much of the original structure as possible but with some modern interventions.
"We will be keeping the full ceiling heights to retain the grand feel of the original building with a lighting system that echoes the art deco period and a modern floor with a pattern inspired by early 20th century designs.
“The project will also look to restore the building’s original use as a department store so there will be a more open plan feel rather than a traditional shopping mall with a series of enclosed spaces. This is very exciting project and bringing something completely unique to Warsaw’s thriving retail sector."
“This is very exciting project and bringing something completely unique to Warsaw’s thriving retail sector.”Robert Kaminski, Director, Broadway Malyan