November 28, 2022
The Mennica Legacy Tower in Warsaw, Poland has received an Honorable Mention Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies' 2022 American Architecture Awards. The award dinner and gala will be held this Friday, December 2 at The Arts Club of Chicago.
The American Architecture Awards is celebrating its 28th year, and is considered the nation's most prestigious building awards program honoring new and cutting-edge designs across the US.
The 35-story tower is located in the Central Business District of Warsaw, and also has smaller 10-story building on the west side of the project site. Mennica is part of an approved master plan that governs development in the area.
This project consists of approximately 100,000 gross square meters, with 80,000 gross square meters of Class A office space that includes a conference and a fitness center as well as ground level retail. Four levels of underground parking and ancillary services encompass the remaining 20,000 gross square meters. Between the two structures is a large open plaza that provides ample space for outdoor seating and a variety of landscape features.
Mennica's structural design features a collaboration between Epstein's Chicago and Warsaw offices. The tower structure is of cast in place concrete construction with a pile supported raft foundation under a central core that cantilevers up to 8.2m from its base footprint to deliver column free post-tensioned concrete flat slab interior spans. The 10-story building is also of cast-in-place concrete construction with a central core and post-tensioned concrete flat slab interior spans. The four below grade levels will include a perimeter slurry wall and was built utilizing the "top down" construction method. Mennica was designed to achieve BREEAM certificate at the "Outstanding" level.