|Company||PORR Construct S.R.L.|
|Principal||EUROPOLIS ORHIDEEA BC SRL|
|Location||Bukarest - Romania|
|Runtime||01.2016 - 10.2017|
The two towers.
The Orhideea Towers are one of the most prominent features of the Bucharest skyline. The office complex in the west of the Romanian capital is not only very impressive, but also sustainable in all kinds of ways.
PORR Construct S.R.L. signed the contract for planning and turnkey construction at the beginning of 2016. The
towers are 12 and 16 storeys high, with spacious areas of up to 2,700m2 per level, as well as two basement levels each.
In a seismic area such as Bucharest, the structural and geo-technical planning for this project was an exceptional task. For this reason, PORR developed particularly deep foundations made out of bored piles and grouted shell surfaces. The superstructure was built on reinforced concrete cores. The steel frames of the outer walls have struts with integrated passive fluid seismic dampers to dampen the kinetic energy generated by earthquakes.
The H-shape of the buildings and the limited space available in the office area also called for innovative and creative solutions. In particular, the placement of the entire mechanical and electrical system in an approximately 40cm high space above the suspended ceiling was a masterly planning achievement.
The quality of the offices and the flexible room layout are absolutely unique. The technical equipment of the standard rental spaces meets all the relevant requirements. Some of the world’s top IT companies requested customised finishes. The large windows ensure plenty of natural light throughout the whole complex. This also applies to the lounge areas, of which one is located on each floor. The ground floor features a canteen, a café and terrace, as well as several shops. One of the basic requirements was to create sufficient parking spaces. This task was solved by creating parking facilities in second and first basement as well as exterior parking on the ground floor. And also cyclists are well catered for: they have showers and changing rooms at their disposal.
The environmental friendly construction of one of Bucharest’s most complex office buildings was awarded an LEED Platinum certificate. The first tenants were welcomed in July 2018, only two-and-a-half years after signing the contract. Until today, the two towers set the tone for future office projects.