Decades of fire prevention built in

Fire protection for a building that’s different from every angle

Baltyk Tower is a dramatic new 16-storey building in Poland, featuring an unconventional cascading structure which resembles a giant staircase. The 25,000m2 tower includes a mix of retail spaces, offices and a panorama restaurant.

Due to the unusual design and height of the building, the key focus for Dutch architects MVRDV was fire safety. The client required a building that was completely safe for office workers, shoppers and visitors.

For this reason, stone wool insulation from ROCKWOOL was specified for its thermal performance and non-combustible fire properties. It withstands temperatures above 1000°C and prevents the spread of fire without contributing to the emission of toxic smoke. ROCKWOOL insulation was used throughout the building for the fire protection of heating and ventilation pipework, as well as steel ductwork.

Robustness was another focus, since the client demanded a building that would stand for many decades. Being highly robust, stone wool insulation lasts for decades and will not change its shape or form. For Baltyk Tower, this gives the surety of unchanged fire protection and energy-saving performance to reduce costs for the building’s lifetime.

An additional advantage of stone wool insulation is its sound absorbing quality, which will reduce noise in this busy mixed-use building in the city centre.

Baltyk Tower has now become a new landmark in Poznań. As well as being an impressive building, it is first and foremost a place of work and a centre of commerce. Thanks to the use of non-combustible stone wool, everyone connected with the building can enjoy its facilities in greater safety, now and in the future.

Poznań, Poland

Project location

Baltyk Tower

“We wanted to create a shape which would be beautiful and at the same time different from each side. We've spent a lot of time to get the right appearance of the building. In addition, we had to deal with a very specific construction site. Our client and partners supported us throughout the entire project implementation period. We are all proud that so ambitious a building has been so well received.”

Natahlie de Vries

Architect at MVRDV

Project Data

Year 2017
Building Type Office
Application HVAC
Product type Alu Lamella Mat, Rockwool 800, Conlt System