Poznan is a city with a long history, and MVRDV’S design proposals respond to this historic site that is particularly important for Poznan, even for Poland, located on the site of the old Baltyk cinema, that is from which the project takes its name.
The 25,000m² building is divided into 12,000m² office space, 750m² panorama restaurant with a one room hotel, 1350m² retail in the plinth of the building and three levels of underground parking. The flexible office space is limited to a depth of seven metres allowing daylight to generously penetrate the workspaces.
Located on Rondo Kaponiera, a major intersection next to the Poznan’s central train station and the main highway leading to the city´s airport, Bałtyk is a new landmark 25,000m2 office and mixed-use contemporary building for the city.
Baltyk responds to the client's request for more fluent connections between lower and upper levels, connect the building to the neighbourhood and the same time, bold and significant with depth in the volume. Diagonal shapes are turned into terraces for users, and this thins out as ascending allowing for less square meters of offices in return for more public space below. A building that is very different from all four sides.
The building benefits from the close vicinity of a hotel, the restored Concordia printing house, a new creativity centre for business and the MTP international exhibition building. Its mass follows the maximum volume and height restriction of the site. This results in a form which appears completely different depending on the angle it is approached from. Towards the south, a slope of cascading patios offers outdoor spaces to the users of the building. The façade is floor-to-ceiling glass with vertical louvres of glass fibre concrete softening the impact of the sun without losing the vistas over the city and zoo.