Shopping, Arts and Business Center "Stary Browar" (Old Brewery in english) is a commercial centre and art site, built in November 2003, located in the center of Poznan at Półwiejska Street. The center is a combination of retail space and an art gallery. The shopping center is adjacent to a Class A high-rise office complex. The total area of the center is around 130 000 m². The Old Brewery is home to around 210 stores and restaurants. The building was designed on the basis of a historic factory - the former Brewery Huggerów - by Studio ADS. The investor was Fortis, a company owned by Grazyna Kulczyk. The décor was designed by stage designer Ryszard Kaja. It is notable for preserving the original architecture and style.
The new wing of the Old Brewery, similar size to the already existing portion opened March 11 2007. The new wing has six storeys including three underground levels. A parking lot for 1200 cars was built under the building. The courtyard between the two parts of the Old Brewery was enclosed, so that is also used in the winter.
In March 2008 the district court found the Mayor of Poznan Ryszard Grobelny causing the city budget over PLN 7 million in losses as a result of the sale of the Old Brewery property. According to the Public Prosecutor's Office the site was worth more than PLN 13 million. Officials subject to the President sold the parcel of land as a park without registering it as a shopping center development. A sentence has been waived by the Court of Appeal on November 27 2008.
Tadeusz Dziuba, Wielkopolska governor, argues that the new wing of the Old Brewery was built in breach of contract.
||Stary Browar||One of a kind place that combines commercial features of a shopping mall, cultural space and valuable architecture. The industrial interior is impressive and unique for a shopping center. Cool place to visit for shopoholics, architecture lovers or just attractive spot to hang around.||2012-06-17 20:20:01|