Fashion Lab 2 – the Gdańsk office building of LPP – received the main prize in the Office Superstar competition, winning as the “Best Office in Tri-city”. The jury also appreciated the modern solutions applied in the facility, awarding Fashion Lab 2 with a distinction in the “Innovation and Technology” category. The building, designed as part of the LPP office complex located at Łąkowa Street in Gdańsk, was commissioned and opened to employees at the beginning of this year.
Office Superstar is a competition organised by CBRE, a company specialising in consultancy and investments in the commercial real estate sector. It seeks to promote innovative solutions in the field of office space arrangement, presenting current trends in various sectors and honouring pioneering concepts which work well in practice. It is addressed to organizations which perceive their offices not only as places to work, but also as spaces boosting motivation or stimulating creativity.
– Through the LPP Fashion Lab 2 project in Gdańsk we wanted to create not only a functional, but above all, friendly and comfortable space for our teams. As a company operating in the fashion industry, we do realise how important it is to inspire and boost creativity, also through the office environment in which we work every day. Therefore, we wanted the new building of the Fashion Lab complex to be more than just a place to spend the eight-our work time every day – we wanted it to become a hub of creativity for our employees where new ideas emerge. We are very pleased to have been awarded the Office Superstar title for the best office in Tri-city and we believe that the facility we created does indeed meet this objective – says Łukasz Piwoński, LPP’s Administrative and Technical Director.
The awarded building was designed in an industrial style, with the use of natural materials – wood, concrete and steel – and with numerous green areas integrated into the office space. Caring for the comfort of employees, a mini-park and a green square surrounded by hills, on which terraces with a work and relaxation zone were formed, were created in the area surrounding the building.
The jury of the fourth edition of the competition – consisting of experts in the field of real estate, architecture, work environment or change management and design – evaluated the entries in terms of, among others, aesthetics, elements supporting the well-being of employees and user experience, as well as spatial solutions, materials, as well as ecological and technological solutions. Apart from the main category – “The best office” – broken down by the biggest cities in Poland, prizes were awarded in two more categories: “Space for cooperation” and “Innovation and Technology”. In the latter, the experts appreciated the modern solutions used in Fashion Lab 2, which integrate advanced technologies and the company’s sustainable approach to modern construction.
– The fact that the jury appreciated the pro-environmental solutions applied in the new LPP office is all the more important to us as we have been trying to minimize the impact of our activity on the natural environment. In the process of designing the building, we strongly focused on using modern, green solutions, including among others the greywater system, which uses rainwater to flush the toilets, or the cooling ceiling technology, which is an alternative to standard air conditioning, using water instead of Freon. Green technologies present throughout the building also include energy-efficient lighting and an automatic system for energy, heating, ventilation and air conditioning control to reduce the building’s energy consumption. We are pleased that these actions are being recognised, which motivates us even more to develop in the spirit of sustainability. For us, the award also confirms that the implementation of environmentally friendly solutions is a good direction – adds Łukasz Piwoński.
The BREEAM-certified facility was handed over to employees at the end of January this year. Hence, that date marks the completion of the first stage of the Fashion Lab complex extension, with the building planned to ultimately consist of four office buildings and allow for gathering most of the Gdańsk-based teams in the same location in the Dolne Miasto district of Gdańsk. The completion of the entire investment project is scheduled for 2027. Jems Architekci sp. z o.o. team was responsible for the architectural works on the prize-winning building, while Studio 1:1 was responsible for the interior design.
LPP is a Polish family business and one of the fastest growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For 30 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collections on 26 stationary markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Helsinki, Tel Aviv or Moscow. The online offer is available on 31 markets. LPP SA manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 2000 stores with the total area of over 1.6 million sq.m. On the basis of a global supply chain, the Polish clothing producer distributes over 259 million pieces of clothing to three continents. LPP plays another important role as it employs nearly 22 thousand people in its offices and sales structures in Poland, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The company is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in the WIG20 index and belongs to the prestigious MSCI Poland index.