Buildings with ‘painted facelift’ give glimpse into grandeur of 19th century Warsaw

The murals coincide with the renovation of the buildings which were home to aristocrats and businessmen at the start of the 1900s. Good Looking Studio

Buildings on a trendy street in Warsaw have been given a facelift, with ornate facades painted onto their walls.

With their soft creamy tones, stucco details and painted-on windows, the designs are inspired by real pre-war facades on other buildings in Warsaw.

The murals coincide with the renovation of numbers 13/15 on Foksal Street, off Nowy Świat Street, which were home to aristocrats and businessmen at the start of the 1900s. 

Belgian developer Ghelamco, which has been active on the Polish market since 1991, is converting the building into 55 luxury apartments.

The interior, complete with grand staircases and high ceilings, contains numerous 19th Century details, from stucco work to mosaic parquets. There will also be a spa and terrace for cocktails onsite.

Designing the murals, Piotr Ruszkowski of Good Looking Studio worked with an expert on Warsaw’s pre-war architecture to avoid mistakes and ensure that the painted-on details fit harmoniously with the buildings’ real windows.     Kalbar/TFN

In this context, the developer, Ghelamco decided to refresh the bare, windowless walls of the buildings facing the site’s inner side.

“Undertaking the renovation of that tenement houses at 13/15 Foksal, we decided to give an example of how to restore the city's history. We want this part of Warsaw to regain its representative character,” said Jeroen van der Toolen, the company’s managing director for Central and Eastern Europe.

Three front facades were painted onto the three largest walls around it, inspired by the real buildings located at 13 Kopernika Street, 8 Szpitalna Street and 22 Górnośląska Street.

With their soft creamy tones, stucco details and painted-on windows, the designs are inspired by real pre-war facades on other buildings in Warsaw.Kalbar/TFN

Transposed on scale of 1:1, the facades feature windows, balcony details and elegant stucco details – all painted onto the blank walls.

The murals were painted by Warsaw-based Good Looking Studio, which specialises in outdoor murals for artistic and advertising purposes. 

Since launching in 2008, it has completed more than 400 major projects, from ads for series on Netflix to Chopin murals commissioned by the City of Warsaw. Other clients include IKEA, Samsung and the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Transposed on scale of 1:1, the facades feature windows, balcony details and elegant stucco details – all painted onto the blank walls.Kalbar/TFN

According to its website, the company offers bold designs and durability, combined with respect for public space, including development plans and urban heritage.

Designing the murals, Piotr Ruszkowski of Good Looking Studio worked with an expert on Warsaw’s pre-war architecture to avoid mistakes and ensure that the painted-on details fit harmoniously with the buildings’ real windows.