Office Building in Krakow - Balice
Author Horizone Studio
Client Robobat Poska Sp. z o.o.
Size ca. 1 800m2
The Robobat headquarters project is located on the eastern outskirts of Krakow about 5.5 km from the city centre.
The river Mlynowka flows by the north-east corner of the plot giving additional attractiveness to the area. Historically the plot was occupied by a water mill - one of the few placed along the river Mlynowka. Some of the old buildings that survived to this day such as a brick chimney were adapted into the new project.
Horizone Studio has designed the new office building as a continuation of the existing old water-mill building. A transparent, glazed entrance area joins the existing building with a new conference department. The glazed entrance is the element which “transforms the old into new”.
The new shape is a direct continuation of the solid form of the old mill-building. Both the new building and the glazed entrance are covered with a pitched roof, which morphs into the flattened roof of the arched volume, and becomes pitched again at the end.
The building floor plan has a curved shape, emphasising the inner courtyard formed around the old brick chimney. An overhanging bow along with a water pool located underneath enclose the internal courtyard. The water pond also serves as an attenuation reservoir that collects excess rain water from the surface parking.
One of the design challenges was to create a building that will meet the guidelines for sustainable development. The project involves the use of water turbines powered by the river that flows through the corner of the plot. Additionally the water from that river is to be used as a cooling system in exposed reinforced concrete slabs.