Zlote Tarasy is a landmark destination for Warsaw’s newest high-rise district, offering year-round shopping, leisure and social opportunities for the residents and visitors to the city. The multi-level, mixed-use project is a modern, state-of-the-art complex. It is designed by The Jerde Partnership to reconnect the project area to the city, thereby realizing the site’s potential as the center of a large urban system. In addition to renewing Warsaw's urban identity, Zlote Tarasy creates a model for further urban redevelopment in the city.
Zlote Tarasy is inspired by Warsaw’s historic urban parks, which were spared from the otherwise total destruction of the city during World War II. The preserved historic parks form a centuries old “necklace” of green “pearls” through the city. Envisioning Zlote Tarasy as metaphorically adding another “pearl” to the series, Jerde reinterpreted the historic parks by creating the project as a lively indoor and outdoor urban environment with generous open spaces that are reminiscent of the city’s great parks.
Zlote Tarasy takes the form of a below-grade pocket park that opens to a lively, retail and entertainment plaza. Designed as an extension of the park, the plaza is enclosed by an innovative glass roof with an undulating surface inspired by the tree canopies crowning the city’s historic parks. Spanning 120 meters with individual spans of more than 30 meters, the thin glass roof creates the feeling of being outdoors while providing weather protection during the winter cold.
Surrounding the interior plaza, a three-level retail and entertainment center is organized in terraces, as suggested by the name Zlote Tarasy, which means “golden terraces.” The terraces, which contain local and international retailers, restaurants and a multiplex cinema, overlook the interior courtyard and open-air park. Mid- and high-rise towers rising above the three-level retail and entertainment center will house office space, including ING Real Estate’s Eastern European headquarters.
Designed as a connector to weave central Warsaw’s urban fabric back together, Zlote Tarasy includes an interior circulation path that connects to the city’s existing pedestrian patterns, linking to the Warszawa Centralna train station on the south with pocket parks and the historic city center on the north. Additional entrances around the perimeter of the project connect help recreate the historic urban grid lost during World War II and revitalize public spaces nearby. Situated within the master plan area for the Palace of Culture, Zlote Tarasy is expected to play an integral role in connecting the Palace with a new high-rise district planned for the city.