Gazeta Wyborcza – A mysterious garden at Szucha’s Avenue. Open to everyone.

An office building of noble and modest architecture is to appear at Szucha. The Investor will also redecorate the adjacent 19th Century Palace and the space between will be covered with a „mysterious garden” – freely accessed.

The new investment is located at the corner of Szucha’s and Litewska Streets, opposite the Constitutional Tribunal. A vacant block of flats from the sixties will be demolished. It will be replaced by the building in the shape of the letter L. A six-storey building with the seventh setback to optically make the building smaller. The project has been designed by the architect’s office of Boleslaw Stelmach. From the outside, the facade will be covered with ascetic concrete framework. This is in reference to the building across the Litewska Street that houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The back of the building will be covered with the similar framework but wooden.

The plot of the real estate has a vivid history. At the end of the 19th Century, a Neo-Renaissance storeyed villa in which a wife of a tsarist general Maria Agapijew lived. After Poland regained its independence, the palace had been taken by the banker Andrzej Rotward. After war, it was nationalised by Bierut’s Decree and became a tentative home of Michal Rola-Żymierski, the marshal of the Polish Army. In the sixties, the palace was assigned to the Russian Embassy. Here near the palace, a block-of-flats was built to offer homes for Russian diplomats. The palace was adopted to serve as preschool, then to cinema.

After 1989 Maria Rotwand made attempts for the real estate to be returned. The Russion diplomats were reluctant to agree. The turning point was when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided that the real estate at Szucha’s Avenue is not used for diplomatic purposes so that it does not fall under the protection established in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Affairs. The buildings turned into hands of investors, who purchased the rights from Maria Rotwand. The Russians left the building. For the years thereafter, the location was occupied by homeless who turned the place into ruin.

After being retrieved from the Russians, the real estate changed owners frequently. It now belongs to the developer Green Property Group. – the Palace is a real Asset of this project something that features our investment – Artur Nowakowski says, the Managing Director of Green Property Group. – The second asset will be a green yard of over 1 300 sq m behind a new building. We call it a mysterious garden. Greenery will be climbing the facade from the garden side, it is also present on the terraces on the higher floors.

Mr. Nowakowski declares: – the Palace will be redecorated diligently. We work closely with the Conservator’s Office and have recently hired professionals who deeply screened the building to capture the original finishing, colours and decorations.

The building shall offer offer 8000 sqm of office space, the palace – approximately 1000 sq m, which the investor defines for restaurant-club functions. There is an underground parking planned for around 70 vehicles. We have already obtained a valid building permit. The construction should begin in the fourth quarter of this year, we would like the building to be available to tenants 18 months thereafter – Artur Nowakowski projects.