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The design is divided into three interconnected units that can be constructed in phases. The first unit, the new office building (work-named Dynamica) including a traffic connection and a new staircase to the footbridge will be closely linked to the modernisation of the former M1 industrial building (work-named Statica). This first phase will prepare the ground for construction of the next, third unit, a new office building (work-named Kinetica). The basic shape, i.e. its architectural form, is based on the concept mentioned above of the visual suppression of capacities of the building and the division of the scale into several blocks – towers. Different angles of outer walls contribute to the diminution and, at the same time, fragmentation of large façade areas resulting from the borders of the site and the need to define the areas around the buildings (the square, the area in front of the market, the corridor for the multi-function staircase, etc.). Rotated walls establish many planes when viewed from the outside contributing to the elementary attractiveness of the building. The buildings are designed with a standard façade and regular fenestration because this is the simple shape of the buildings defining their architecture, not the commonly overestimated decorative detail. Although the new buildings come close to the appearance of the existing building by the rigid architecture and scale, they let it excel as an architectural and historic landmark. The crucial quality the overall design introduces into the square is peace and quiet, the traffic pushed beyond the border of the given area, and the concept of relations is determining the directions of links between the pedestrian flows and individual spaces. The necessity to solve the entry onto the footbridge and outline the M1’s front façade that is, however, far away beyond the border of the rectangular footprint of the core shape of the open space, vigorously affects the footprint of the square (elongated rectangle). That is why the façade steps back to the line with the façade of M1 Bldg. in this part. The square is lengthwise divided into two zones. The greater part is a park, in fact, a natural, simple screen between the houses and office buildings. It is the park, although larger in the area, which seems less vehement than the smaller paved area in front of M1, which will be perceived as ´the square´. The designed office buildings have one common base – the underground car parking. There are approximately 750 parking places here and provisionally allocated areas for amenities and technologies. We design just one car entry, from the south from Klikatá, below the future multi-purpose staircase. We design two alternatives of the car parking area. The one approximately respecting the footprint of the aboveground stories assumes that the substructure will consist of three and a half basement stories. The larger alternative also occupying the space below the square assumes there will be two basement stories. Common areas of entry receptions are on the ground floor connected to staircases and lifts. Those leading from the basement end here; those servicing the aboveground stories start here. Each of the planned buildings has two circulation cores. Resident canteens are behind the receptions. The remaining areas are allocated to rental and commercial areas. The main entrances are on the square from the north. The ground floor space below the multi-purpose outdoor staircase is assigned for the car entry and supplying. From the first floor up, there are just offices on each floor. Office stories are accessed through individual receptions on each floor from the central zones containing staircases, technical facilities, and restrooms. These areas can be divided into as much as four independent units serviced by one central zone (containing a staircase, lifts, and restrooms). Towers can be distinguished in floor plans starting on the third floor; joined stories substitute individual office stories with one circulation core.

  • address
    Praha 5 - Jinonice
  • year2013
  • investorPenta Investments, s.r.o.
  • design teamJan Holna, David Macháček, Petr Šedivý
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