This company, founded in the early 1990’s, went international a few years ago, transferring the quality of buildings previously constructed in Slovakia and the Czech Republic to other countries. As HB Reavis’s technical building specialist Milena Mrázková explains, “the firm’s policy for every investment is to implement a number of general principles based on past experiences, adjust them to local standards, and ultimately end up with an elegant building that is different from previous ones.”
The Konstruktorska Business Centre, the first building by HB Reavis in Poland is simple and efficient. It is based on an octagonal floor plan, connected vertically by means of four communication shafts, offering space for let for both large-scale tenants requiring a whole floor and small enterprises requiring only a modest office. With its 48,000 square metres of offices for lease, it has the largest floor plan in Poland. As is the case in many office buildings built by the company in the past, the KBC has high-ceilinged lobby areas, extending upwards over two storeys, finished with natural materials. Situated on opposite corners of the floor plan, they open out onto large patios through glass covering their full height, providing a sense of prestige.
The patios are certainly the most intriguing part of the volume. Carefully designed, complemented by a number of tall trees, other foliage, and water features, they filter natural light into the interior spaces. They therefore offer views of natural features that are relatively uncommon in commercial structures. Preserving the building’s open character for its tenants, and connected at ground level into a single, unified space, the patios offer a place for relaxation and integration. They are also a clear sign of HB Reavis’s interest in ecology and sustainability.