In late 2019, an iconic landmark made its revitalised return 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 point for people out on the town, going shopping or on a date – every Varsovian knows the phrase 'Let's meet at the Rotunda.'
In 2015, a design by Kraków-based architectural firm Gowin & Siuta was approved that would essentially keep the original exterior design, but make the Rotunda an attractive meeting place inside as well. Following a beautiful rebuild, the fully modern bank offices are now on the ground floor and -1 level, with the upstairs becoming a sleek 530m2 open space where anyone can drop in and watch urban life whizz past the panoramic windows, chat and chill with friends in the comfy seats, work on a laptop, and enjoy coffee and treats from the cafe. More than just a sexy makeover, the new building includes 17,000 plants inside and in the 'living' walls of the new amphitheatre-shaped patio, has earned ecological certificates for its innovative environmental solutions, and nabbed four awards in the 2020/21 European Property Awards. With this cult communist-era landmark fully modernised and back on the map, it's time for a new generation of Varsovians to 'meet at the Rotunda.'