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Horizone Studio

Ericpol mix-use buildind on Madalinskiego street in Krakow

Location   Krakow, Madalińskiego street
Author   Horizone Studio
Client   Ericpol Telecom Sp. z o.o.
Size   1 150 m2
Project   2010



This design concept includes the conversion of a 20th century building with the addition of a new four storey side wing. The client wanted to boost the standard of the existing building by giving it office and residential uses, and utilise the potential of the plot with its location on the Vistula River bank.

The task was to test the investment potential of the land,define a new function with respect to the urban guidelines and create a flexible building, which can easily be rented out. The new side wing was added to the existing facility in order to fill the gap between two buildings. The project involves splitting the existing building into three uses: shops or commercial spaces on the ground floor, offices and residential flats on floors 1-3 and the conversion of the attic into a penthouse with access to a private terrace.

The project proposes adding a new residential side-wing to the existing gable wall of a neighbouring building. The building should be flexible to allow for the conversion into offices. These premises will be the most attractive areas of the property with their windows facing the Vistula river bank and the nearby Wawel castle. Despite the limited size of the plot the project has eight parking spaces for future tenants. The parking is located on a sunken courtyard. The area is covered by a green roof with oval openings to let in sun light and allow for natural ventilation.

To distinguish the old building from the new side-wing each part has a different architectural expression. While the restored elevation of the existing building keeps a traditional window system, the new façade is shaped by large format windows.

This will allow for a large amount of daylight to penetrate into the internal areas and at the same time gives an attractive view towards the Vistula river.

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