The office of global studio Foster+Partners has signed a lease for office space in Varso Tower, developer HB Reavis has announced. The British studio is opening its Warsaw office, which is expected to be the studio's largest outside the UK.
The Foster+Partners office was founded by Sir Norman Foster in 1967. One of the world's most famous architects, and winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1999, he designed the redevelopment of the British Museum, London's Bloomberg office building and Apple's headquarters in California, among others. For Warsaw, Foster created, among others, the Metropolitan office building and the Varso Tower skyscraper, which Kacper Kępinski described in the pages of A&B.
After more than 35 years of working in Central Europe, including 25 presence in Warsaw, establishing an office here was a natural step for our studio. This will be Foster + Partners' largest European office outside the UK, and the decision to move into the Varso Tower we designed reflects our belief in Poland's strength and importance in Europe. It demonstrates our commitment to Warsaw as a world-class location to do business in the region," says Grant Brooker, director at Foster+Partners.
strengthening in this part of Europe
Foster+Partners studio has been selected through a competitive dialogue process to design the Central Transportation Port, as reported in A&B. The studio will do the master design in cooperation with Buro Happold and Polish studio Kurylowicz & Associates. Its appearance in Warsaw shows that they are serious about operating in this part of Europe.
Warsaw is a thriving city with a bright future that we want to be a part of. We are looking forward to opening an office in Varso Tower, where we will be able to present our approach to design work to visiting clients," points out Krzysztof Górnicki, Senior Partner at Foster+Partners.
According to the studio, recruitment for architects in Poland has already opened — the questionnaire is available on the Foster+Partners website. The studio will occupy 730 square meters of space on the 44th floor of the skyscraper, which it designed itself.