SKYSCRAPER It must be tall, every inch of it tall.
The force and power of altitude must be in it, the glory and pride of exaltation must be in it. It must be every inch a proud and soaring thing, rising in sheer exultation that from bottom to top it is a unit without a single dissenting line.
creator of first skyscrapers
Marek Dunikowski DDJM Design Team
„If we consider what a facility intended as an icon of the modern business centre that the Kraków of today is should look like, we should at the same time remember its rich historic traditions. This leads to the conclusion that it must be eclectic. Similarly as a majority of Kraków’s significant buildings I am familiar with, we wanted it to be subtly inscribed in the panorama of the city. It was meant to be both recognisable and proud, like the skyscrapers of New York. We wanted this exceptional edifice with distinct lineage to presently establish a contemporary connection with the majestic modernism of the National Museum, the regularity of Feniks facade or the Cloth Hall’s attic, while drawing delicacy of facade division from Kraków’s tenements.
[…] My philosophy is based on the fact that, by stroke of fate, over the centuries Kraków was never destroyed and is an eclectic spatial creation, comprising all the styles invented in these many centuries. We concluded that this complex of buildings, which I call an office Wawel (“Wawel biurowy”) also features an eclectic nature in which you can detect a modernist order, elements of Art Déco, certain discipline of Socialist Realism, etc. It seems to me that this variety of styles was desirable in the case of the tallest building in Kraków.”