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SBM Torwar, Solec/ Ludna, Warszawa, Poland


The SBM Torwar estate is a complex of three residential buildings with an underground car park and a multi-use building on a plot owned by a housing cooperative, situated at the corner of Solec Str. and Ludna Str. It is part of an on-going project by the housing cooperative on this land.

The residential buildings, with underground car park and retail facilities, are located in a high-density downtown residential development area in the Powiśle district of Warsaw.

The block of flats in this area (83 flats) consists of several parts: buildings A and B with 2/4 storeys above-ground (43+26 flats) and building C with 3 storeys next to Solec Str. with 14 flats and retail area on the ground floor. Building D is office and retail and is located at the corner of Ludna and Solec streets. A single-storey underground park is provided for buildings A, B and C with room for 117 cars. Building D has an independent basement with equipment.

As the buildings are located in the downtown area, near the Vistula river slope and the existing park vegetation, efforts were made to ensure their high architectural value by designing their form and size in relation to their surroundings and by the use of refined, durable finishing materials.

The exterior walls of buildings A and B are clad with light-beige limestone, and parts of the ground floors are plastered. Building C will have mixed finish – plaster and copper cladding. Copper is also used on sections of the walls on buildings A and B – this material is also used to make perforated exterior Venetian blinds. Most windows are in the style of ‘French windows’, offering high performance parameters, including noise insulation, particularly in the facades adjacent to Solec Str. and Ludna Str.

The height of the retail and office building D is aligned with the height of existing adjacent buildings. Its fragmented, dynamic form clad with Corten steel, on the one hand, corresponds to the organised, dense frontage of existing houses at Ludna Str. and, on the other hand, signals its connection to the farther located estate, whose facades are finished with similarly coloured copper.

For its innovative approach and high quality, the Solec Ludna project was awarded ‘The Builder’ monthly Award – Top Builder 2018.



Spółdzielnia Budowlano - Mieszkaniowa Torwar
Completion date: 
Zip code: 
Solec 61a


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Name, office: 
Kuryłowicz & Associates
Address & description: 
ul. Berezyńska 25 03-908 Warszawa

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Nick Hay

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