In terms of architecture, size and location, „Szafa’” (polish for “wardrobe”) is a phenomenon on the traditional street frontage of Mińska Street. The structure of the building and varying floor heights imply that it could have been a manufactory. Currently, due to its technical condition, it is used as office space.
The design focuses on implementing new functions – commercial units and repetitive mini housing or office modules. The project includes new arrangement of the public space near Mińska street and a built-in passage through the building leading to Soho Factory grounds. The square in front of the building features reduced parking space, new sidewalks, greenery and a new lower level. Commercial units (local shops, cafes, laundry, hairdresser, bakery etc.) are located on the ground floor and the first floor. They are all accessible from the square thanks to its topography.
Tiny housing modules, taking up from as little as one to three sections, are located on eight repetitive floors (+1 – +8). Double height glazed loggias house common spaces which offer extraordinary experience on each floor and are easily distinguishable on the facades.
The highest floor features a rooftop pavilion that can become a commercial unit. Adjacent terrace offers a panoramic view of Warsaw.