BLOOM MY DEAR, it’s about time. You are a survivor, fire-baptized.
Ripped apart, you have pulled through. The time has come to break the mold.
Celebrate! The time is now! Celebrate! It’s free warsaw.
The rotunda, built in the 60’s is truly a survivor in the rapidly changing architectural and political scenario of warsaw. Though it cuts a lonely figure in the city center, its iconic folded roof is one of the most recognized architectural features in warsaw. The existing curtain walled façade is passive and makes it increasingly in the danger of becoming another disjointed, non-descript, building from the 60’s.
Our proposal seeks to isolate the single most iconic feature of the rotunda and give it wings. When the folds of the roof are activated, they reach out and make a touchdown at the urban plaza, causing the resultant turbulence to shape and sculpt the plaza itself. This facilitates the reorganization of the rotunda and the plaza, making it more receptive to flexible programming, which is of paramount importance to any successful public space.
The resultant spaces can be colonized in novel ways. By moving all the private and semiprivate banking functions to the mezzanine and the first floor, the ground floor space is freed up to form a pliable public space, closely connected with the urban plaza. Ribbons of light formed by dupont sentryglas system radiates from the central led core, alternating with the sculptural corian swirls.
Embedded led’s on the façade lets the building communicate with its surroundings and also lets the people interact with the building. This composite façade with a high degree of thermal and energy performance makes the building energy efficient and sustainable.
More importantly the façade marks a shift in the paradigm of the rotunda in the city center. Now we move on, making peace with, but not forgetting the past. Now we celebrate in the warsaw rotunda.