Szkieletor

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Szkieletor
Szkieletor2.jpg
Szkieletor, early June 2005
General information
Status On hold
Type Headquarters of the Main Technical Organization
Location Kraków, Poland.
Coordinates 50°04′05″N 19°57′28″E / 50.06806°N 19.95778°E / 50.06806; 19.95778Coordinates: 50°04′05″N 19°57′28″E / 50.06806°N 19.95778°E / 50.06806; 19.95778
Height
Roof 92 m (302 ft)

Szkieletor (Skeletor) is the unofficial name of a 92 metre high-rise building in Kraków, Poland, originally intended to become the regional office of the Main Technical Organization (Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna, NOT) and be named the NOT Tower. The construction of the building was started in 1975, but was stopped permanently in 1981 because of economic constraints, political unrest and the imposition of martial law in Poland. Due to the unfinished building's resemblance to a skeleton, it was nicknamed after Skeletor, the arch-villain in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which was popular in Poland at that time.

Szkieletor repurposed as billboard display, 2009

Legal squabble[edit]

In recent years, several investors have expressed interest in renovating the building, but they have been discouraged by the complicated legal status of the land on which it stands and the high cost of its demolition or adaptation. The building is partially owned by TreiMorfa Project. The long debate about its possible future use based on brand new plans has been cut short by the courts in December 2011 because of legal improprieties by its new design team.[1]

Szkieletor is located near the Mogilskie Roundabout (Rondo Mogilskie) and Cracow University of Economics. It is the tallest building in Kraków excluding antennas (the most standard definition). The building is currently used to display advertising billboards.

References[edit]

  • This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Polish Wikipedia.