Tips for trips: Business in the background
LODZ, KNOWN AS "THE PROMISED LAND" HAS ATTRACTED ENTREPRENEURS FROM SCRATCH. IN THE 19TH CENTURY THEY FOUNDED FACTORIES HERE. NOWADAYS, WITHIN THE LODZ SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE THEY ESTABLISH COMPANIES ON PREFERENTIAL TERMS AND THE RENOVATED INTERIORS OF OLD FACTORIES GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO CREATE UNUSUAL SEATS OF CORPORATE HEADQUATERS.
Is Lodz still a promised land, where business goes well? Undoubtedly! A clear evidence is provided by ca. 200 investors in ŁSSE (Lodz Special Economic Zone), including B/S/H, ABB, Gillette, Indesit - Whirlpool, Fujitsu or Procter&Gamble. ŁSSE owns Centrum Textorial Park – a high tech, A-class office building, located in the heart of historic Księży Młyn, created on the basis of an old... cotton warehouse, inscribed into the register of monuments. A walk in Księży Młyn is an essential point of Lodz sightseeing. The close residential and industrial district, former Karol Scheibler’s company town, belongs to the most interesting industrial monuments in the world! There is the biggest cotton spinning mill in Lodz, over 200 m (656 ft) long, recently adapted to exclusive loft apartments (25 Tymienieckiego St.). It neighbours a settlement of former workers’ houses with a shop (so-called konsum), fire station, hospital, school and two palace complexes, that used to belong to Karol Scheibler (currently seat of the Museum of Cinematography) and his son-in-law Edward Herbst (currently branch of the Museum of Art). Księży Młyn is inscribed into the register of monuments as a whole complex.
The city has a lot of industrial monuments, that after revitalization serve for different new purposes. Old factories become office buildings (e.g. Synergia or Zenit), museums, apartments, hotels, academies, library or even a playground for children. In Manufaktura, a former weaving mill houses now ms² – branch of the Museum of Art. Modern office centers are built in Lodz, among others: Skanska, Warimpex and Ghelamco. Over 120 thousand m2 new office space will appear in the nearest months in the area of the New Center of Łodz. Now there is about 360 thousand m2 (first quarter of 2017). Are you wondering what to bring as a travel souvenir? Lodz creates, so what about something by a modern designer? Give a chance to a young local artist and visit some boutique in OFF Piotrkowska Centre located in the former Ramisch factory (138/140 Piotrkowska St.), or choose from works of world famous designers in Atak Design (43a Żeligowskiego St.) or simply purchase a DIY (Do It Yourself) in one of creative places- recommended ceramic atelier in the Rose Passage (3, Piotrkowska St.) or Re:Meble atelier (17, Piotrkowska St.).
In the evening, try what is Lodz nation-wide famous for: clubs and pubs. Piotrkowska Street houses about 100 such places! Spend an evening pub-crawling, making
new friends, tasting worldwide cuisine and trying beer from the best breweries of Poland, or from the most remote countries, like Mexico, China or Japan.