LOCATED IN ŁODŹ, POLAND'S THIRD LARGEST CITY, THE NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR MBANK IS A FOCAL POINT FOR ONGOING REGENERATION IN THE AREA. THE SCHEME PROVIDES 28,000 M2 MODERN GRADE A OFFICE ACCOMMODATION WHILST RETAINING BUILDINGS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE.
Poland's largest high street bank, mBank, has a strong affiliation with the city of Lodz and therefore selected it to be the home of their newest flagship headquarters.
Since opening in September 2017, the £20m headquarters is one of the first A class office buildings to appear in the new city centre. It provides 28,000 m2 of office space along with 200 underground parking spaces.
The site has historical significance to the city so it was important to retain this. Previously a foundry and later redeveloped into a power station, two 19th century buildings remain on the grounds, which greatly influenced our design.
The skin of one of the buildings, formerly the foundry owner’s residence and later converted as part of the power station developments, is retained and redeveloped into modern office accommodation.
The second building is fully protected, so all external features and internal fittings, including the impressive wooden ceilings are retained.
A key feature of the mBank building is the way it addresses and enhances the regeneration of its surroundings. The building is formed around a communal square and allows and encourages public access through the site to promote a community feel.
Three entrances are introduced to the building which provides direct access to the buildings main lobby acting as the heart. Our design approach offers a gently curved façade. This shape and orientation allow for fewer heat gains in summer, whilst allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the building, as well as giving exposure to other historical buildings in the vicinity.
The building comprises a combination of aluminium curtain walling, high quality render and is 50% glazed with materials sourced locally where possible. The project received a BREEAM Excellent rating.