SOHO FACTORY MASTERPLAN
Design: 2008 – 2017
Construction: 2008 – 2019
Total area: 144 821 m²
Usable area: 77 600 m²
Client: SOHO Development S.A.
Location: Kamionek, Praga Południe, Warszawa
Design team WWAA : Marcin Mostafa, Natalia Paszkowska, Iwona Borkowska, Iga Spaltabaka-Rudnik, Agnieszka Dąbek, Zofia Kurczych, Krzysztof Mazanek
Cooperation: Konkret Architects
Prior to commencing the design process, the team carried out an in-depth analysis of the architectural, historic and cultural identity of the Kamionek district. Appealing to the commercial, cultural and industrial heritage has become the main point of reference for the investment planned on the Soho Factory site.
In the process of developing functional guidelines, a particular emphasis was laid on creating the situation in which future Soho residents could identify with it not merely as their dwelling place. An equal stress was put on creating places where they could work, spend free time, meet people or participate in some cultural activities. Our project envisages preserving and repurposing possibly the biggest number of post-industrial buildings, thus creating an inner ‘old town’ – a heritage zone.
Newly designed buildings draw extensively on the architectural heritage of the Kamionek district -a brick-built industrial development. In addition, some examples of the iconic architecture of Warsaw modernism, such as Warsaw East Railway Station, TOR housing estate or Sports Club Orzeł, offer a significant source of inspiration. Each of the buildings represents an individual character, as from the very beginning the vision of Soho has assumed the staging process and continuous development of the project