You can’t experience present day Warsaw without understanding its complicated and sad past. Walking down the streets of Warsaw you are constantly reminded of the Poles’ suffering in WWII. Yet you also notice a spirit and a resolution for the future.
My dad designated this morning for a skyscrapers of Warsaw walking tour. As we were headed to the shining towers, we crossed a small park and noticed the map and plaque marking the perimeter of the Warsaw Ghetto wall.
The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all Jewish Ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II. It was established in the Polish capital between October and November 15, 1940, in the territory of General Government of the German-occupied Poland, with over 400,000 Jews from the vicinity crammed into an area of 1.3 square miles. From there, about 254,000 Ghetto residents were sent to Treblinka extermination camp during the two months of summer 1942. To create the Warsaw Ghetto, the Germans built 11 miles of brick walls around the Jewish quarter; this area was then closed to outsiders on November 15, 1940. The wall was torn down in 1943 when the Ghetto was liquidated. Today there is only one short section of the original wall remaining.
The photo above shows this remaining section of the wall which is about 10 feet high.
After this chilling moment of reflection, we moved on to find the site where Zaha Hadid will build Lilium Tower – which was slated to become the tallest building in the E.U. 260 meters high – 70 stories. 100% in Warsaw. Half residential; half condo hotel units with restaurants and retailers making up the ground floor.
However, a recent plan was just approved to build the Kulczyk Tower which is expected to be 282.4 meters tall and this might indeed be build first. We will see which skyscraper in Warsaw will be built first to become the tallest in the E.U.!
Then we took a look at the construction that began on a futuristic residential skyscraper designed by Daniel Libeskind as well as strolled through Norman Foster’s commercial center adjacent to the National Opera.
Here is a great site for more info:
Good stuff here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=486163&page=5
If you are wondering what is the current highest building in the E.U. it is the Triumph-Palace in Moscow which beat out the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt. Russians and Germans. Imagine this country Poland which has endured so much – so many walls, occupation, and oppression. Now it is the Poles time to rise.