Varso Tower: Noir Sablé Interpon D2525 is the color for Europe’s new tallest building ―
Europe will soon have a new tallest building – and it’s being protected from the ravages of the Warsaw weather by a high-class powder coatings system supplied by AkzoNobel.
Standing 310 meters tall, the Varso Tower – designed by Foster and Partners – will dominate the skyline of the Polish capital. It features a sleek black exterior which has been created by using the company’s Interpon D2525 super-durable topcoat on the cladding and profiles in a striking Noir Sablé shade. Meanwhile, the Interpon Redox Plus primer provides a super tough core.
Varso Tower is a premium, 53-story office tower in the heart of Warsaw located close to the Palace of Culture and Science. The building has a direct underground link with the adjacent Warsaw Central Station, which is a transport hub for international and regional trains, as well as local trams and buses. It is the tallest tower in the European Union and is an integral part of the Varso masterplan that revitalizes the surrounding urban quarter which was blighted during the Second World War.
Situated at the corner of Jana Pawla II and Chmielna Street, it draws people through the building towards a public plaza on its western end that connects to the neighboring buildings. The social heart of the building is a plaza enclosed within a glazed box, animated with full height trees and benches for people to enjoy the surroundings. This ‘urban room’ forms the point of confluence between people who work in the offices – who may use it as a sit-out during breaks – and the public, to access the shops and restaurants in the neighboring buildings.
The public realm continues at the top of the tower – accessed directly from the ground via two panoramic lifts – with a viewing platform at level 53: the highest inhabited floor in Poland, that has uninterrupted views of Warsaw. Levels 49-46, contain a fully landscaped terrace bar, overlooking the Vistula River and the dome of the Palace of Culture and Science, and restaurants and shops to enjoy the unique views on offer.
The offices are served by two banks of high-capacity double-deck lifts, with each car serving two floors at any one time. With 69,000 square-metres of premium office space, the tower features large-span floorplates with three-metre clear height for open plan offices. The building is rated BREEAM Excellent with triple-glazed façades, conforming to the 2021 Polish Energy ratings.
AkzoNobel is one of several A-list companies working on the project. “It’s inspiring to be working on this prestigious development with some of the leading names in the industry,” says Mattijn Klaver, Sales Manager Benelux for AkzoNobel Powder Coatings. “Customers now want the look of a liquid with the properties associated with powder. Our Interpon D range is available in a variety of on-trend colors and finishes. It’s also highly durable and combines sustainability with favorable economic benefits.”
“We have supplied market-leading products for architectural landmarks all over the world, so we’re excited to be involved in the Varso Tower project,” adds Daniela Vlad, Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. “It means our passion for paint will be on view for all to see.”
The Interpon system will help the tower to withstand harsh conditions such as bright sunshine, fierce winds and driving rain. It will also be a beacon of sustainable building, as none of the company’s powders contain volatile organic compounds (VOC) or heavy toxic metals. In fact, AkzoNobel was the first global powder coatings supplier to obtain an Environmental Product Declaration back in 2015, underlining the company’s ongoing commitment to providing sustainable products for its customers.