u svatého michala

refurbishment, addition, and a new building in a garden

This building is located in a unique area of the broader Prague acropolis of Hradčany called Pohořelec, also known as ´U svatého Michala´. It was established by connecting Renaissance palaces to Gothic cellars. more

The historic three-winged building will be refurbished and restored. Additions of no value will be removed, and restored rooms will be conveniently divided into flats in line with the place, location, and the building. We reckon with utilising the lofts and cellars, too. Three rental units will be arranged on the ground floor in the street wing plus one on the upper ground floor in the east courtyard wing. Three flats with habitable pavilions and front gardens will be built in the place of original outbuildings in the west wing in the courtyard. The historic façade will be unified by modern architecture this way where original openings were many times rebricked. The pavilions with be structurally almost independent of the primary structures and partly covered by plants. Our design proposes a symmetrical, central palace garden with quarry flagstone paving bedded in the grass here. A stone cistern with a fountain featuring a sculpture of Saint Michael can be in the middle. A water element with some green and architecturally crafted outdoor furniture will also run along the reconstructed/restored courtyard wall. Suitable green will be planted in the courtyard. We design a group of three residential villas in the garden. The idea is to establish a quiet, luxurious, protected living in a green environment. We base the concept of these houses on the pondering over the possibility to daylight the flats, make use of the gardens and link the complex to the surrounding urban and formal structure. Each block will have a separate entry from the street. We design a garden to each of the ground floor flats; flats on higher stories will be fitted with terraces. Common facilities will be in the basement of the front villa. Grown trees will be planted in the garden.

  • addressPohořelec 112
    Praha 1 - Hradčany
  • year2012
  • investorCPI Group, a. s.
  • design teamRichard Doležal, Hana Němečková, Gabriela Šatrová, Pavel Šefl
  • collaborationfalse
  • photographs/visualizationsTomáš Herle
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