Krakow

Szkieletor

  Rondo Mogilskie     more than a year ago
Rising high over Rondo Mogilskie is one of Kraków’s biggest blemishes and its most overt reminder of the follies of communism. Officially named NOT Tower, but known locally as Szkieletor (from the Polish word for ‘skeleton’, not the He-Man villain ‘Skeletor’ as has been widely promulgated), this 22 storey bare beams structure ranks as the tallest building in the city, standing unfinished and unoccupied for over a quarter century. Originally designed in 1968 to serve as a congress hall and office block, work began in 1975 with local authorities pressuring architects to make it as tall as possible. Another eight floors were hastily added to the original blueprint, with a TV studio, hotel and panoramic terrace all part of the master plan. Alas, Poland’s economic crisis hit soon after and all work on it was abandoned in 1979, never to be resumed. For almost 40 years the 91 metre monster stood fenced off from the public, a ghostly reminder of the golden dawn promised by the nation’s leaders. Despite ownership changing hands numerous times, none had taken on the expense of doing anything more with it than making it available for some of the largest advertisements ever seen anywhere. Until now that is. Although we've heard this line before, it looks as if work will begin in April 2016 to turn this crumbling death trap into a modern office complex. The building has been bought by GD&K Group, who are currently taking reservations for office space. Whether they can overcome almost 40 years of neglect and get the building open in 2017 as they project remains to be seen.

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