Elektrownia Powiśle: Department Store in a Post-Industrial Space

After years of renovation, Elektrownia Powiśle (Powiśle Power Plant) has been finally opened to visitors. It`s housed in a pre-war power plant complex that had been shut down and ruined for decades. It was transformed into a department store with some unique brands, including local fashion designers. Powiśle has become one of Warsaw`s trendiest neighborhoods. In 2020 it was enlisted by The Guardian among the ten best neighborhoods in Europe.

Powiśle neighborhood is one of eight neighborhoods located in the city`s downtown area. What makes it special is its access to the Vistula River. Elektrownia Powiśle complex lays just few steps from the river`s promenade and some architectural icons such as Warsaw University Library, Copernicus Science Center and Museum of Modern Art. It`s a multifuntional complex designed by Warsaw-based APA Wojciechowski architects. Besides the restoration of historical buildings, the architects designed several modern buldings around, both residential as well as commercial. Even though, some people complained about commercial character of the place, I`m glad to see old industrial buildings shining again after years of terrible neglect.

There is an impressive foodhall on the groundfloor and a beauty hall on the last floor. Walking around take a look at bullet holes from World War II in the cast iron construction of the former power plant. It`s great that those old elements are still here, it gives this place character. Some of the old equipment elements from the plant has gained a new function, they were used to design benches, lamps, bars and tables. If you are looking for cool industrial space with contemporary twist – it`s the right place. You can stop by on the way to bars and clubs along the river bank.

Opening hours:

Shopping

Mon. – Fri. 10:00 – 21:00
Sat. 10:00 – 21:00
Sun. (Commercial Sundays) 10:00 – 21:00

Food hall

Mon. – Thu. 11:00 – 24:00
Fri.** 11:00 – 02:00
Sat.** 10:00 – 02:00
Sun.* 10:00 – 24:00
* kitchen open until 23:00
** kitchen open until 24:00

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