Unity Tower

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Unity Tower
Szkieletor
Unity Tower, 31 stycznia 2017.jpg
Unity Tower under construction, January 2017
Map
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Unity Tower
Location of Unity Tower in Poland
Etymology Szkieletor, which means Skeletor
General information
Status Demolishing
Type Headquarters of the Main Technical Organization
Town or city Kraków Kraków
Country  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
Construction started 30 March 2016[1]
Estimated completion June 2019[2]
Height
Roof 102.5 m (336 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 27
Website
www.unitycentre.pl

Unity Tower (best known to the public as Szkieletor, which means Skeletor) is a 102.5 metre high-rise building under construction located in Kraków, Poland. Originally, it was 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 stopped permanently in 1981 because of economic constraints and political unrest associated with the imposition of martial law in Poland in that year. 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.[3]

Unity Tower is located near the Mogilskie Roundabout (Rondo Mogilskie) and Cracow University of Economics. It is the second tallest building in Kraków after K1 and excluding antennas (the most standard definition). The building is currently under construction.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ogórek, Piotr (30 March 2016). "Przebudowa "Szkieletora". To już oficjalnie plac budowy". Gazetakrakowska.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Ogórek, Piotr (1 December 2017). "Kraków. Unity Centre ma być gotowe szybciej [NOWE ZDJĘCIA]". Gazetakrakowska.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  3. ^ Szkieletor: Decyzja o warunkach zabudowy uchylona! Gazeta.pl, Kraków. (in Polish)