Warsaw’s Norblin Factory has been named as one of the most exceptional urban development schemes on the continent at the 2022 ULI Europe Awards.
Selected by a jury from a shortlist of five, Norblin Factory was picked out for its excellence alongside Latitude (Paris) and Meca (Bordeaux).
The awards, says the organizers, recognize the whole project development process, from the planning stage to construction whilst also taking into account other factors such as economic viability, management, community impact and design.
“This year’s finalists include a variety of projects across different sectors and combination of uses, with a strong focus on combining different uses, sustainability, reuse and repurposing and placemaking and community building,” they added.
Owned and developed by the Capital Park Group, the mixed-use Norblin Factory has revitalized the former Norblin, Brothers Busch and T. Werner factories in the Wola district, whilst introducing a string of concepts such as Warsaw’s largest food hall and the luxury Kinogram cinema.
The project has also won praise for its Apple Museum, its Art Box Experience multi-sensory exhibition space and its Bio Bazar farmers’ market.
Beginning in 2017, it was opened last year to much fanfare and has since played a major role in cementing Wola’s status as Warsaw’s commercial, social and financial hub. Cited as an excellent example of responsible management, Norblin Factory has also won over plaudits for its commitment to creating sustainable and inclusive cities.
“The winners of the ULI Europe Awards for Excellence are exemplary projects that deserve great applause,” said Lars Huber , president of ULI Europe. “All projects have pushed the boundaries of what they have been able to do so far, making an excellent contribution to their local communities, neighborhoods and cities in which they operate.”