When Polish architecture firm atelier7architektura was tasked with renovating a Warsaw apartment in a rejuvenating area, it was hesitant to completely tear the building down. The old apartments in the area are witnesses to polish history, and both literally and figuratively whitewashing them would remove that testament. Instead, atelier7architektura preserved some of the apartment's facade while still rejuvenating it.
On the facade of the building at 72 Wilcza Street, the orginal brick has been left in place and covered by a museum-like glass casing. This strategy preserves the history of the building and the city, but it also lends the apartment an attractively modern look, similar to the exposed brick in old industrial buildings that has grown in popularity in many downtown metropolises.