A ship on a sea of streets

A ship on a sea of streets

The spectacular office building in Poznan is located on a plot that remains between tramway tracks and two main transport axes. The structure’s wedge-shaped volume ensues from the property’s triangular area. Black Swisspearl® panels comprise the façade skin, which is structured by vertical, shading blinds.

Poznan is located halfway between Warsaw and Berlin in one of Poland’s most densely settled metropolitan areas. The city has a long history as a trade center and thanks to excellent transport connections, has reaped the greatest benefits from the country’s European integration. Over the past several years, numerous national and international firms have settled in Poznan; therefore, there is great demand for office space and high pressure on developers to make a mark architecturally and thereby distinguish themselves from competitors.

A particularly sensational example of this is the Jet Office building, which the local architectural office Insomia built at the intersection of two main transport axes in the north of the city. The plot’s unique shape demanded a special approach to design in order to optimally utilize floor areas. Normally, office buildings have a central access core and a regular support grid offset from the exterior walls to assure maximum flexibility in the distribution of spaces and façades. However, apart from one single internal row of supports, the reinforced concrete structure of the Jet Office is arranged peripherally.

Whereas the layout made spatial planning more difficult, the architects made the best possible use of it in the outer form. They even exaggerated the “pointed” staging of the three-cornered plot. With the exception of the development core on the backside and the adjacent wall area, the entire building volume is cloaked in a façade shell of black fiber cement panels and given rhythm by vertical blinds. The recess of the main façade takes on the alignment of the building bordering to the south; towards the north, the building effectively culminates in a cantilevered corner situation reminiscent of a ship’s bow. The nautical connotations are entirely intentional— here as well as there, the architects argue for the dynamic form primarily with functional rather than formal considerations.


Ground Floor

Source www.jetoffice.pl

Third Floor Plan

Source www.jetoffice.pl

More plans and information here.


“The main reason for the building’s unusual form was the tightly bordered and triangular plot of land.”

Insomia architects


Photo by Paweł Ulatowski
Photo by Paweł Ulatowski
Photo by Paweł Ulatowski
Photo by Paweł Ulatowski
Photo by Paweł Ulatowski


Key Facts



Type of building
Public office Building


PPHU Masterm, Tarnowo Podgórne, Poznań


Piątkowska 163, Jeżyce


Insomia, Poznań


Building Period


General Contractor
PPHU Masterm, Tarnowo Podgórne, Poznań


Façade Construction
Greśkiewicz PHU, Bydgoszcz


Swisspearl® Products
SWISSPEARL | 8mm | REFLEX Black Velvet 9221


Paweł Ulatowski c/o ARES, 62-052 Walerianowo | Portfolio | Contact


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