Concordia Design Wrocław has won the award for best office building in the 2021 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. Given every year by the world's most visited architecture website, the Building of the Year Awards enlist ArchDaily's readers in a public vote that narrows down thousands of projects published in the previous year to the best projects in each of 14 categories.
Concordia Design is a mixed-use building containing co-working spaces, an event venue, a food hall, a café, and a rooftop terrace on Słodowa Island in Wrocław, Poland. The project is a renovation and extension of a 19th-century listed building, retaining the façade of the existing building and adding a contemporary extension to create a focal point for the neighbouring park and a destination that will enhance the experience of the island for visitors. At one end of the building, clearly visible behind a glass façade, is a large mural by Polish artist Alicja Biała adorning the stepped ceiling of the design's food hall. The mural depicts themes such as slow pace, respect for everyday life, deceleration, and contact with nature, highlighting the building's relationship to its surroundings and creating an atmosphere that balances the creative energy of the co-working offices above.
Designed for the Poznań-based company Concordia Design, the project was completed and opened in July 2020. MVRDV worked with co-architects Q2 Studio, and the contractors for the project were DEMIURG and WEGNER.
Concordia Design Wrocław is the third project by MVRDV to win an ArchDaily Building of the Year Award, joining Crystal Houses which won the award in the commercial architecture category in 2017 and Future Towers, which won the award in the housing category in 2019.