Warsaw

PKO Rotunda

  ul. Marszałkowska 100/102 ,   City Centre         12 Mar 2020

In late 2019, an iconic landmark finally returned to Warsaw's city centre. Originally designed by Jerzy Jakubowicz and opened in 1966, the iconic PKO Rotunda Bank Polski quickly earned the nickname “the General’s Cap” due to its specific ‘round and crowned’ shape. Its central location also made it THE meeting up point for people going shopping, out on the town or meeting a date – every Varsovian knows exactly what “Meet me by Rotunda” means. In 2010, plans were drawn up to knock down and completely rebuild Rotunda, which were approved in 2015. The structure was rebuilt though there were initially doubts as to whether the original structure survived (in 1979 a gas explosion ripped through the building, killing 49 people, injuring 70 and demolishing 70% of the building). Fast forward to today, and with its rebuilding based on the original exterior shape, the architects from Kraków based GOWIN & SIUTA decided to rekindle the meeting spot, but this time, right inside. The bank is now on the two lower levels with the upstairs becoming a sleek 530m2 open space where you can admire great city centre views through panoramic windows, watching city life whizz past, all while chilling out on some comfy seats, co-working away on your laptop, or sipping down a coffee and snacking on some treats in the cafe. The exterior patio, shaped like an amphitheatre, contains 11,500 plants on the 'living' walls (Here you can also find a memorial plaque to the victims of the '79 explosion), which we're sure will be popular during the warmer months. For now, we can happily sit inside for hours. So see you inside Rotunda, huh?

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Centrum

Associated Venues

PKO Rotunda Cafe

ul. Marszałkowska 100/102
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