Warsaw Trade Tower with taste – modernized canteen


The modernization of the employee canteen at the Warsaw Trade Tower (WTT) has been finished. Tenants gained 641 sqm. of modern space, designed in accordance with the latest trends in the arrangement of commercial foodservice interiors. The investment was a continuation of the rebranding of the building and at the same time a response to the needs of people working at 51 Chłodna Street. The process was carried out as an initiative of the building owner - Akron Investment Central Eastern Europe II and its asset manager – Heitman company. The architect responsible for the project was Andrzej Grabowski.

WTT values the voice and health of its tenants. This time the office building located in Wola can boast about a revitalized canteen for employees. The 641 sqm facility, located on the first floor of the building, has been designed according to the latest trends in
the arrangement of commercial foodservice interiors. Canteen is divided into zones according to their functions such as fast food distribution, live cooking, bar, kitchen or consumption zone. The last one has a variety of seats where both individuals and large groups can dine. Employees can enjoy a quick lunch or relax with a cup of coffee and home-made pastries. In the interior of the canteen the high quality materials such as solid wood and natural stone were used. Everything is complemented by the furniture, which refers to the classic loft design. The bar and partially opened kitchen are made of stainless steel and ceramic tiles. Having in mind the customers - office workers, the upper lighting was replaced with the lower hanging lamps with warmer temperature light, providing much needed comfort, also for the eyes. The process was carried out as an initiative of the owner of the building - Akron Investment Central Eastern Europe II and its asset manager – Heitman company, after analyzing the results of the survey conducted among the employees of the office building. The project was managed by architect and technologist Andrzej Grabowski, who has supported the development of the Connect company for years. The operator of the canteen responsible for the introduction of the concept is Connect Lunch Bar.

"The principles of healthy nutrition" published by the National Food and Nutrition Institute indicates that eating "4-5 meals every 3-4 hours" is optimal. Systematic nutrition, with one warm meal during the day, such as lunch, is crucial for the good functioning of our organism. Proper diet gives energy, reduces tiredness and improves brain performance. Breaks during the day also help to relax your eyes from the computer monitor, and sharing food with your colleagues encourages integration and helps to gain distance from professional duties. Therefore, in the WTT canteen, fresh vegetarian and meat dishes are served daily, and the menu is available on a dedicated internet platform. To meet the needs of tenants, the platform is also available as a mobile app on both Android and iOS devices. Through this app you can use all of the services available in the building.

As Izabela Kapil - Vice President Portfolio Management – Europe at Heitman comments "The canteen is the backbone of the wide food offer available in WTT, therefore adjusting it to employees needs was one of the most important goals of the investor during the process of modernization and rebranding of the facility. Besides the canteen, employees also have at their disposal: cafeteria, bakery, and a common dining room for those who prefer home cooked meals.”

Changes in the commercial catering market are also seen by Connect Lunch Bar, the operator of the WTT's canteen, which are commented by Andrzej Grabowski, the architect responsible for developing its’ concept. “Not by revolution but by evolution. For the past 10 years, together with Marek Dębicki, the owner of Connect canteens, we have been watching the market changes and the expectations of our customers. At first we have prepared tasty and fast food. Now that the needs of our customers have changed, we are introducing live cooking services, and we became even more concerned about the comfort and diversity, what can be seen in our recent modernization in WTT.”

Warsaw Trade Tower (WTT) was constructed in late 90s as a pioneering architectural project, the systematically introduced amenities as well as the Very Good rating in the environmental certification process BREEAM In-Use confirms the high standard of services offered to tenants. The goal of the WTT owner and its asset manager is to implement unique solutions and to create welcoming space for its employees. Revitalization of the canteen is another step towards creating one of the most attractive office spaces in Warsaw Wola district.

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