Although the volumes have separate designers, the larger site project was conceived of and managed by the workspace provider HB Reavis and informed by best-practice design and urban renewal. Health, productivity and sustainability were the anchoring principles for the project. The design challenge for HRA was twofold: to integrate sustainable functionality across all aspects of the design whilst also serving as a built connective and aesthetic tissue between the skyscraper beside them and the wider neighbourhood within which they reside.
Varso 1 and 2 accomplish both goals through aesthetically complementing and enhancing other elements of the project rather than competing with them, and by using carefully curated materials and system solutions to maximize sustainability and energy efficiency. Functionally and visually, Varso 1 and 2 form a symbiotic whole with the 310-metre, 53-storey Varso Tower, which currently stands as the tallest building in the EU. The glittering, spire-topped tower may be the showstopper of the production, but Varso 1 and 2 definitely carry the show. Standing at heights of 19 and 21 storeys respectively, the volumes feature limestone and glass facades and are joined by a glass connector, a symbolic umbilical cord between the two structures.