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jana masaryka

jana masaryka

apartment redesign, Praha Vinohrady

In the 1930s, in one of the apartments in a magnificent Vinohrady residence, architect František Troníček introduced his personal approach to functionalism and art deco. Our redesign of the apartment interlinks the neo-renaissance of late 19th century, Troníček’s moderne, and our own viewpoints on contemporary.

All of the preserved custom furniture were carefully refurbished. In accordance with the original style, added elements are generous in representative rooms, whereas uniform white is used in utility rooms.

Project completed in 2020.

kozojedy

kozojedy

a cottage by the stream Šembera

A closed valley, a settlement of cottages of different shapes and sizes, surrounded by a forest, fields and meadows. The new wooden cottage of 5.6 x 9.1 m grows from the concrete plinth, its character conforms to the spirit of the locality.

Raumplan, floor plates placed at different heights allowing for differently scaled space, is the characteristic feature of the layout – the ground floor with two bedrooms for guests, the middle floor of the main living area divided by furniture and the upper floor of bedrooms connected to the roof terrace.

A 2019 project

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rd opuková

rd opuková

Reconstruction of a terrace house in the Řepy District of Pragueopukova-0

Opukova Street is lined mostly with free-standing houses of upper old Řepy, sometimes associated in short rows of housing. The Urbanization of the area is characterized by the structure of a “garden city”.

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The renovated house is in the middle of five single-storey family houses in a row.

1961

Over the years, the houses were spontaneously rebuilt with extensions, outbuildings and garages. The original building units changed and the original uniform appearance of this group of five houses has disappeared.

2019

The expressive link between the houses does not exist, and the restoration of the original appearance of the group is not realistic. The starting point of the proposed architecture is a calm, sober expression, non-conflicting with the diversity of existing and future housing within this neighborhood. The simple, orthogonally cut building concept is finished with flat roofing of different heights. The central elevation rises from children’s rooms on the 2nd floor and outwardly reveals the diversity hidden inside the house. The layout is designed for one two-generation housing unit and the intertwining of shared spaces. The sculptural approach to working with interior space, different ceiling heights with skylights helps to evenly distribute light and sunlight with a deep disposition.

A 2019 project

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šatovka

šatovka

Design, in competition, of an adaptation of a homestead in Šárecké údolí (a valley); a center for Seniors, in the Dejvice district of Prague.

The original use of these settlements in Šárecké údolí were associated with a peasant farm, can no longer be restored. However, the lost historical significance of this area and empowered community can be restored. The old homestead expressed historical continuity, the emerging dialogue of history with the present day, is also a bridge to dialogue between generations and neighbors. The slope morphology is replicated by a range of places to support meetings, open pathways and preserved vineyard terraces. The homestead opens into cobblestoned areas, and the café brings together various a variety of participants: residents, children, tourists and visitors. Housing for seniors is located on an elevated off-road platform, ensuring privacy. A playground in the active part of the garden promotes contact between generations.

Built on a simple ground plan, the architecture surrounds the yard, and the quality of housing is enhanced by communication and active participation in social life. Support for neighborly ties does not limit the offer of sufficient individual privacy, and the diversity of friendly, apartments with little in the way of barriers responds to life situations. The apartments are surrounded by sheltered accommodation with outdoor seating in all weather conditions. Each apartment is fully equipped, kitchenettes are oriented to the gallery and some of the apartments support cohabitation. In the corner, there are spaces for social activities of the residents.

We propose to revitalize the contemporary look of šatovka with its original form, while inside we strive to preserve essentials: a safe and comfortable space for residents, and respect to the original room proportions that allow for multi-layered use of space. The new use will include new lift integration.

A 2018 project
In cooperation with Raumleipzig Architekten
Won 2np prize in an architectural competition

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ateliér za strahovem

studio at strahov

We turn three small rooms in a ground level apartment into an interconnected space, with the possibility of separation via doors hidden with the furniture features. There is a place for solo office work and occasional sleeping. The visual layout is simple, and inspired by student life. Milled wood contributes to pleasant acoustics and character of the flat, located not far from a quaint independent cinema.

A 2018 project

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byt za strahovem

apartment at strahov

This small apartment is designed simply, with pleasure. In place of doors, the main space is divided by distinctive blocks; the kitchen, library and cabinets in the hall, together defining the artistic motif of the apartment. The bedroom is divided by a wardrobe into a sleeping area and study chamber with an upright piano.

A 2018 project

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kostelní – biskupská

kostelní – biskupská

Design in Competition of a new residential building in Ostrava

URBANISTIC BACKGROUND

The core of the architectural expression of this new building will surly be the façade to October 28 Street and Kostelní, with an emphasis on the pedestrian connection between Masaryk Square and the river. The character of this area is effectively a border; it oscillates between a historical core and the starkness of contemporary architecture close by. Both characters meet at our proposed building.

SURROUNDING CHARACTER

Biskupská Street has a larger scale and different character than usual, among the architecturally and historically diverse surrounding area.

Large austere areas close to both Sokolská Street and Biskupská Street are predetermined by the role of a public transportation link, that does not fit the desired architectural potential of October 28 Street and Kostelní. The core architectural expression of the proposed building must therefore be the façade, facing 28 October Street and Kostelní with the main aim being to emphasize the path for pedestrians between Masaryk Square and the river. The character of the area is effectively a border: it oscillates between a historical core and the starkness of contemporary architecture close by. Both characters meet at our proposed building.

THE BLOCK

Unlike the City Gate building, the plot in question is part of a city block. The block has varying degrees of height both at roofing level and across the shape of the street outline. This is usual in this area, and it is to a large extent shaped by the poetics of the historical center of Ostrava.

ORIENTATION AND CELEBRATION

The main street façade onto Biskupská Street is simple and non-dazzling at least in the north-easterly orientation. A traditional orientation of the residential rooms within the flats on to the street is not suitable; not only because of the issue of sunlight, but also regarding contact with the genius loci of the historical core and to allow elimination of traffic noise.

THE CORNER

At the crossing of 28th October Street and Biskupská Street there are three existing houses, each with a completely different style, when compared to each other. There is a narrow point of the plot being solved, and a requirement to keep the collector’s entrance object predetermined with the remaining architecture, in order to be different from other houses at the intersection. The new corner requires a bold, but sophisticated, expression.

ARCHITECTURAL EXPRESSION

The sun gives shape to the house and the now re-created block adds a fresh variety to the surrounding genius loci. The northeast façade corresponds to the large scale of Biskupská Street. The corner of 28. October Street is reminiscent of the facade of Kostelní Street.

THE SUN CREATES A BUILDING

Our insulation study shows that windows of residential rooms can be placed in Kostelní Street and in the courtyard from a height of about 7 m above the ground. In the courtyard, we place parking in stacked units, and above them is a garden with an attractive quiet character. The sloping side on the ground floor of the Moravian Gate building, a reference to the former church gate, receives a valuable new counterpart in the new building leading to the staircase to higher floors on Kostelní Street. This improves the sunnyness of the apartments overall.

FACADES

The façades of Kostelní reflect the needs of the sun, adapting to the scale of the street front and creating a typical gradation towards the corner of Kostelní and Biskupská. Biskupská’s façade is shaped in a concise manner, in line with the current development. The houses on the corner of 28. October Street are stylishly non-uniform, the completed corner is in gentle reminiscence of the staircase sidecut into the façade of Kostelní Street. This connection emphasizes the importance of 28.October and Kostelní streets and effectively shortens the Biskupská’s façade.

The concept of a representative municipal building, which combines the historical and contemporary architecture of the city, projects the form of an axial grid of regularly spaced windows. The proportions of the grid to Biskupská correspond to neighboring present day houses, the grid to Kostelní narrows in line with smaller scale historical buildings. The lower floors, with shops and offices, have a more ordered & structured approach. In some places, the strictness of the grid is loosened by artistic intervention, referring to the characteristic picturesque diversity in the surroundings, based on the needs of the sun, the inner function, or the external context. The light plaster used on all other buildings in the block unites in mass-fragmentation.

INTERLOCKS CONNECTION

On the side of the collector’s entrance building, there is omitted space for parking. This place can also be used to clear the courtyard, located on the 27/1 land plot between Biskupská and Zeyerova streets. For example, we can use this  as a means to broaden the network of pedestrian paths through parks and yards in direction of the city center. Plot 27/1 can also be accessed from the garage parking of the proposed building.

PARTER

From the corner, leading through the recessed ground flow, the walkway widens into the lobby with an open staircase. The connection to the 28th October street pedestrian zone is clear and apparent, with the route peppered with new shops extended to Biskupská. The uncompromising end of the pedestrian zone, on the border of the intersection with the new building, disappears.

DISPOSITION

From the center, the house is served by a single staircase – the fibre that supports the community aspect of the building. Typical urban elements in the area are open vacant lots and vistas into the courtyards. An artfully open communication thread from the entrance to the garden is a reminder of this.

ONE OPEN CORE

The whole building is served by a single staircase core in the middle of the layout. The open space, with a staircase between the entrance on Biskupská and the courtyard garden, is a reminder of the typical urban element of the neighborhood; open jetties and views of the courtyards. On the upper floors, the apartments are accessible from the open gallery. The apartments are oriented on both sides, with the possibility of direct ventilation. Family apartments in the southern tip are accessible by a footbridge, leading into the garden. The staircase, leading to the apartments on the upper floors, is protected for fire and safety reasons, and the fire escape route leads across the roof of the garage.

SHOPS

Rentable shops on the ground floor revive all street facades, and their size and rear facilities can be modified. In addition to the basic level of the pavement, each space has an attractive mezzanine floor.

OFFICES

Office spaces are designed to be in classic format, divided by individual offices, and also with coworking spaces that correspond to today’s trend of supporting socially beneficial business. The office space also has its own garden in the courtyard.

FLATS

Layouts of one to three room flats are divided into a rich range, from family to individual, with supporting proximity to the neighborhood. We emphasize the community aspect of the building, supporting the growth of neighborhood community, where every household, apart from its apartment, has the opportunity to participate actively in the community – a community garden and open gallery.

CONSTRUCTION, TECHNICAL AND ENERGY SOLUTIONS

The supporting structure of the building is monolithic reinforced concrete with lined facades, insulated with thermal insulation of plaster in the standard of a passive building. The building has no basement with the exception of underground parking and also technical and storage facilities. The installation of a controlled ventilation system with heat recovery can bring savings in heating and improve indoor air quality in winter or periods of smog. Further technological measures to improve the environmental performance of the building will be subject to design optimizations during the next phase of the project. Some active elements – solar panels, modern technologies etc. can also be added after the construction is completed, with sufficient space within these technical areas.

A 2018 Project

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rd nenačovice

rd nenačovice

A newly built country house

Nenačovice is a typical Central Bohemian village, set in the picturesque landscape of a small river valley. The original eye-catching rural development, encompassing friendly design and form was damaged in times of collectivization and then in the following era of uncontrolled optimism of post-revolutionary construction of myriad colored houses, which dominate the surroundings.

Near the centre of the village, on a plot for a new family construction, we have  resurrected the original form of rural buildings with contemporary architectural language. The composition of the house is born from a combination of a gabled flat and shed roofing, overlooking an elevated space. It is a contemporary paraphrase of a country house with a gabled roof, surrounded by farm buildings.

The rhythm and style of the interior determines the distinctive shaping of the space; a dance of vistas and the interconnection between floors. The vastness of the living room has a uniquely defined spatial layout – it serves as a dining room, a fireplace, a children’s playroom and a study. The children’s rooms are equal in size, the ceiling follows the shape of the saddle roof and forms the “children’s home of the house”. The master bedroom has a private rooftop terrace with games room. The southern views into the valley of the Loděnice river, adjacent to the PP Povodí Kačáku hill and historic centre of the village prevail. Embedded terraces protect against the summer sun.

Utilitarian chaos, which, during the course of the 20th century, became a distinguishing feature of the typical Czech garden, is applied to the property in the form of freely placed wooden garden sheds.

A 2018 Project.

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martinská

martinská

Here we have designed the interior of a Neo-Baroque house, encompassing mezzanine and common areas.

This undertaking (the reconstruction of a mezzanine and common areas within a Neo-Baroque house – in the heart of the Old Town of Prague) was uniquely challenging. It demanded attention to detail, given the client requested a respect for the original features of the house combined with modern comfort in its use.

We cleaned up the design of the mezzanine and the corridor space, separating their aesthetic from the staircase, which retained architectural features from previous decades. We dusted out previous preserved features and materials, highlighted elements of older craftsmanship, and humbly added to the older architecture where needed.

This project was completed in 2018

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bojov

bojov

The modification of a country house in Bojov, Čisovice

This cottage, set within a country settlement at the foot of the Brdy hills (close to Dobříš) sits in a shallow meander between the stream and the adjacent railway line. Originally a wooden cottage, the property was rebuilt into a brick house, and  a terrace was added, on the side by the stream. This was later adapted into a porch, with a workshop set within the building’s basement. The plot of land is located on the bank of a creek, and thus raised across two raised levels. The house borders the steam, and a separate flat garden connects with the house via a reinforced concrete footbridge. The property was worn out, with degrading structures that required reconstruction, maintenance and protective elements to reinforce the property for the future.The architectural “core” of the property – the brick building with two rooms and a corridor, would be retained. The poor technical condition of the porch, built in the 1950’s, could not be preserved, and therefore a new wooden structure would be designed over the remodeled basement, carefully respecting the existing ground plan. The artistic expression and concept of the modification are harmonious with the older property; there is a balanced relationship with the original brick layout.

We have endeavoured to express the poetry and nuance of cottage life in our design; the centerpiece is the porch room; a kitchen in direct contact with the outdoor yard, terrace and garden. A small dormitory in the attic has been created and the height of the previously broken roof has been raised, to insure comfortable sleeping above.

A 2017 project.

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podolské schody

podolské schody

A group of apartment buildings in the Podolí district of Prague

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This set of residential houses consist of 44 apartments which range in composition from 1+kk to 5+kk, emanate out into the street front, on the slope below a Vyšehrad hillside. Architecture designed as a composition of overlapping and receding materials is still present in Prague’s apartment buildings from the 1930s. It is possible here to create distinctive building architecture with contemporary morphology, which does not disturb the adjacent historical buildings. The façade composition uses both horizontal and vertical strip windows, with variable window sills and window lintels.

Project completed in 2017

In cooperation with Atelier Šesták

Additional Supervision from Crestyl Chmelař architekti

1st Prize – Expert Jury Winner for Prague 4 in the Real Estate – Project of the Year 2015 competition

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kc říčany

kc říčany

Competition Design of a Community Center in Říčany

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COMMUNITY CENTER

A Community Center is founded on inclusion and solidarity; it is a place where people meet and break down prejudices. It’s important not be hide behind walls or being anonymous behind other passerbys. The synergy of this park house will give rise to a local magnet: an attracting environment of activities and interests. The café can be accessed via all rooms, and can be seen from all surrounding roads; a vista in all directions. Visitors to the café are an integral part of the house. The roof parking is a versatile parking space, a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to underground garages.

OPENNESS AND LOW BARRIERS

The community center is a mirror of civil society. It is based on the inclusion of all, of mutual solidarity. It is a place of meeting and of breaking down prejudices. The activities offered must not be hidden behind walls or by closed doors, dividing the building. The building must encourage passers by to step forward with it’s open and enticing offer of community. Through this it offers openness to support the much-needed ease-of-access character. Only then, can it become a public space that blends with the life of the city and becomes part of the park in which it is set.

A HOUSE IN THE TOWN

Comenius Square is a local where to find multi-storey buildings in the middle of a residential area, which lack the otherwise familiar attributes of the square. The land bordered by the site is surrounded by houses without parterre; in effect a crossroad of walking routes. The local park is therefore essential. The synergy of a community center within the park gives birth to a local magnetic effect: a vital and inviting environment; a concentration of activities and interests. The building is part of the park, the park overlaps some functions of the house.

AND A HOUSE IN THE PARK

The community center is part of a residential development, into which the land is wedged: a low-rise building is surrounded by mature greenery. The land is characterized by different activities: a children’s play area and fitness elements in the west, a cobbled social ‘agora’ around the hornbeam, and an outdoor bowling alley set in the northern grove. All directions of the pedestrian roads are maintained, they allow you to choose your preferred route, and invite you to visit the community center from all sides. Each route passing the house represents a different face and function of the community center, and from each route you can enter the heart of the building – the café.

A HOUSE OVER THE PARK

The roof parking is conceived as a paved parking place, raised among the treetops, universally designed for both parking, as well as for sports or cultural activities. It is a cheaper and sustainable alternative to underground garages, emphasizing the social nature of the center, focusing on passers-by; people, not cars. Parking is bordered by a fence of climbing green and accessible by a one-way heated ramp.

THE CAFE

The idea of ​​a café as the central space of the house, the core of all the events from which it enters all rooms, reinforces low-barriers as the focal point of the environment. The café can be seen from all the surrounding streets and park paths, and gives a vista from all sides. Every café visitor becomes a part of the house. An informal meeting with a therapist can become a breakthrough in therapy. Synergies between individual associations and foundations may arise. Outdoor seating is spread around the building, in the bays and the lounge, visitors can chat in private.

TRANSPARENCE AND FLEXIBILITY

However, openness is not forced, with curtains and blinds it is possible to create the required privacy for certain situations. The concept of deploying functions around the café is based on a graduation of the necessary degree of intimacy. Curiosity helps to reduce prejudice and increases interest in social activities. Therefore, the hall, as the main point of business of the center, is designed according to today’s trends in designing community centers, is transparent with the possibility of opening to the sides. The Summer program will attract every passer-by. Clubrooms are set between the café and the western part of the park with children’s elements, and they can be opened into the park or into the café according to the focus of the current activity. Group therapy rooms are oriented to the quieter eastern part of the park and are partially separated from the café by built-in furniture. Thanks to the opening into a private front garden, therapies can take place in undisturbed outdoor space, it is parallel to the prevailing character of the surrounding developments of family houses and gardens. Therapies for individuals are in the furthest part of the house, in a quiet bay. The therapists’ workstations on the first floor allow for quiet and undisturbed work, and the opening along the east side of the workrooms will provide visual contact with the café and some control of all events.

SEE AND BE SEEN

All public functions are located on the ground floor. The central café allows the design of the house without corridors and orientation systems, clear to every visitor. The irregular ground plan brings emotions and creates diverse nooks and crannies, usable for semi-public therapeutic meetings with different levels of privacy, offers views of the therapies, spatial connection of floors and views from the outside to the inside.

FAIRNESS OF MATERIAL

The simplicity and clarity of the house reflects the choice of durable and sustainable materials: concrete, wood and glass. The visual and material solution of the interior is simple, technical and cheap. The materials used are natural. The airtight layer of OSB boards will no longer be clad.

Concrete floors build on the exterior concrete pavement, blurring the difference between interior and exterior, and inviting for passers-by.

TECHNICAL AND CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS

The designed shape of the object represents a reasonable compromise between the requirement for openness and the thermal-technical requirement for the compact mass of the building. The construction system is monolithic reinforced concrete, with ribbed beams and cast slabs. Parking on the roof allows for free arrangement of internal load-bearing structures and open ground plan. The structure of the traveling roof is inverted, thermally insulated with extruded polystyrene. The peripheral structures are cast reinforced concrete, insulated with mineral wool on the inside, provided with an airtight layer. The walls do not have an accumulation capability that would unnecessarily reduce the flexibility of controlled heating. The glazing on the ground floor is generous with regard to the moral need for contact and transparency of the community center, but it is not against the demands for thermal savings in operation. The basement of the existing cinema is preserved and rebuilt into a storage and technological space with sufficient reserves for current and future ecotechnology.

SUMMER COOLING

The frequency of exceeding the air temperature of 25 ° C during the year is 2.4%, so active cooling is not necessary. Summer thermal comfort is achieved through external blinds on the south, west and east windows.

VENTILATION AND HEATING

Ventilation is controlled by equal pressures of recuperation. Ventilation is divided into three circuits: the hall, the central area of ​​the cafe and the room. Due to the irregular use of the premises, ventilation is controlled by air quality sensors. Domestic hot water heating is provided by a ground-water heat pump. The surface collector is designed below the surface of the shared area in the west of the land plot to minimize field work in green areas. Theoretically, it is possible to provide heating of the building by electric heating of the supplied air in heat recovery units. However, due to the anticipated nature of use, where a very different number of persons alternate at different times, independent heating is proposed by means of hot-water radiators heated by a heat pump or a combination of a heat pump and a solar heating system. Inlet air is supplied to the building by ground heat exchangers, where it is preheated (in summer) to a temperature close to the soil temperature. The amount of heat exchangers will be optimized in the next stages of the project with regard to the financial possibilities of the investor and the required return on heat saving measures.

SOLAR PANELS

The design assumes the placement of a solar array on approximately 300 m2 of flat roof above the 2nd floor. This area can be used for solar panels (estimated coverage of 60% of domestic hot water demand + 25% of heating), or for photovoltaic panels (estimated profit of 22,000 kWh per year = 80% of the electricity consumption of the occupants).

RAINWATER

Rainwater will be stored in tanks in the basement of the building, and will be used as utility water (flushing, watering etc.) In the greenery on the ground floor roof and on the surrounding walls it is possible to set up pebble and sand filter tanks with garden water overflows and therefore provide passive irrigation in the summer.

OTHER TECHNOLOGIES, OPTIMIZATION OF ENERGY MEASURES

Measures to ensure energy and environmental savings increase the cost of the building to future operating costs. The technological philosophy of this design is based primarily on the maximum application of passive elements; especially quality insulation. Some active elements – solar panels, future technologies, etc. can be added even after construction, with sufficient space in the technical basement and installation core for them.

Design in Competition 2016

Cooperation with Raumleipzig Architekten

Extraordinary Award 

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sněžka

sněžka

an architectural study of accessibility to disabled 2016

in cooperation with Ing.arch. Pavel Lupač, Ing. arch. Jan Tomandl

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stejkárna

stejkárna

The extension and modification of a family restaurant interior in Prague.

A cow mooing, the noise of a fan and a metal door knocking. A deep, raw darkness and the sharp light of industrial lamps. Rough planks, swollen from rain. This is everyday reality on a farm, but in a Prague steakhouse, focused on tender and juicy American and Czech beef, these elements are unusual.

The restaurant extension has undergone a major change. Its expression is simple and, according to the principles of modern food presentation, makes the arrangement of delicious servings on customer plates stand out. The layout builds upon the clear spatial relationship between the entrance and bar; there is an intuitive orientation throughout and definite purpose in the arrangement of each space. The combination of interior materials integrate both new and older, shabbier surfaces. The older surfaces create a warm decor: exposed masonry, the irregularity of plaster and an arched ceiling. New features are designed in the raw spirit of farm buildings: unprotected concrete, rusted metal and shabby woods. The dark environment of the toilets contrast sharply with the welcoming interior and light atmosphere of the restaurant itself.

A 2016 project
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rd krč

rd krč

A study of the conversion of a family house from the 1990s into a two-generation family villa.

The redeveloped design is characterized by an intersection preserving the advantages of the existing house and replacing conflicting or defective features with new ones. The layout of the house outlines the space of two separate apartments, which together utilize a garden, entrance, cellar and storage space.

BACKGROUND URBANISM

The cubic shape and scale of the reconstruction is in accordance with the architectural nature of the surrounding development.

The basic shape and scale of the proposed reconstruction accentuates the (not very clear) street line and the relationship with the architecture of the surrounding houses. The expression of the cubic mass of the house is calm, almost puristic. The simplicity of the facades balance the sculptural diversity in the approach to shaping the villa’s mass. It is built upon the existing outline of the house.

BACKGROUND OF SHARED AREAS

Shared places are the essence of common living, not only the context of apartments.

The possibility of sharing the entrance and garden terrace is the essence of the conversion into a functioning two-generation villa. Both spaces are located in the core of the building, they are oriented to the common and daily used parts of both apartments, and open further into the garden and into the entrance from the street. The ground floor apartment can be accessed directly through the French windows, and the apartment on the first floor connects an outdoor staircase to the terrace. The main rooms share a basic layout of the flats; the living room on the ground floor is the social core of the building, upstairs is a room divided into three spaces – a living room, a dining room with kitchen and exit to the terrace. A shared study / playroom of parents and children, which creates the anteroom of private bedrooms. The entrance hall on the ground floor is common to both apartments and leads from the staircase to the common basement.

BACKGROUND TO PRIVACY

The attractiveness of common areas is conditioned by sweet seclusion.

The openness and the number of shared places counterbalance the concentration of bedrooms in private zones with their own facilities and predominant orientation in the quiet, green surroundings, in the eastern part of the garden. The bedroom has a bright dressing room with a loggia on the ground floor and a games room with a studio window upstairs. Commonly unused corridors at the point of transition from dormitories to bedrooms are replaced by intermediaries with a specific atmosphere and use.

EAST OF FEELING

A concept of a villa without dead spots.

Both apartments, albeit in the core oriented to the common garden, have an unmistakable atmosphere of interior space, created by the insertion of experience places into a rational and purposeful disposition. The architecture begins where engineering ends (W. Gropius). The living room on the ground floor is oriented to the common garden terrace through the large windows all over the south side and is enriched from the north by the extended kitchen area extended in front of the north facade. From here you can see the “forgotten” northern part of the garden. The staircase to the upper apartment right from the entrance welcomes the incoming, opens into the room and through the long upper window attracts views of the crown of the hornbeam or the stars. Although the apartment is situated on the first floor, a glass window and roof terrace with staircase to the garden do not give space to doubt the garden as the most important part of the family house. The home playroom with study and studio window can be a place for parents and children to play together and do homework. The orientation and size of the windows more open to common areas and protect the privacy of the bedrooms.

ENERGY OPTIMIZATION

The initial size of the incumbent house is not the most economical in terms of the thermal-technical concept of the building – a large layout with large cooling areas. The reconstruction is therefore designed with the emphasis on the possibility of optimizing the energy standard of the building – the compact mass encloses a protected southern courtyard in the middle, opening it through large windows, while the windows are reduced from the north and around the perimeter.

INTERIOR

The color and material design of the interior develops the basic features of the layout – a clear, purposeful and quiet space. The light, and light color of the walls and furniture, combined with south-facing strip windows are a prerequisite for creating a richly lit interior environment. The basis of the welcoming space is to build on light natural surfaces of floors, which seamlessly passes into outdoor terraces and loggias.

A 2014 – 2016 study

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malá štěpánská

malá štěpánská

Design of an attic apartment in the Prague New Town

The modification of the attic apartment from 1997 changes the previous obsolete interior design. The corner building with an eclectic facade, from the late 19th century, exhibits an element of contemporary expression, sensitively set in the surrounding historical context.

The rugged interior space is simplified and illuminated. The malfunctioning loggia of the maisonette is replaced by a new window oriented towards the Hradčany panorama. Its integration into the roof space is non-conflicting, changing the architecturally disordered space of the gable wall into something rather picturesque, modelled to the end of hipped roof and more favorably utilised in the context of the historic roof landscape of the New Town of Prague.

Project implemented between 2014-2017

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flemingovo

flemingovo

An attic extension in Dejvice district of Prague

An asymmetric block and completed building was built before 1938, during the period of dynamic development of the Dejvice district according to Engel’s regulatory plan. Until the Second World War, a basic street network grew around Flemingovo Square, largely individual blocks. In the post-war period, large sets of Czech Technical University faculty buildings were built in the surroundings, the block arrangement was replaced by a ridge and significant asymmetry entered into the layout. Buildings built since the 1980s were still solitary, respecting the existing street network, leaving the effort to scale, and architectural links, to the neoclassical Engel plan.

Compared to the extensions of neighboring housing, the building in question seems unfinished. The proposed superstructure rebalances the relationship between the other individual buildings within the block. The lower bay, following the width of the original risalit and the height of adjacent acrylics, cancels out the feeling of height difference between the houses. The upper bay reinforces the central axis of the block. The court superstructures dynamize the original verticality and correspond to the proportional division of the interior courtyard. The copper cladding of superstructures is typical for the area.

A 2016 project.

In cooperation with monom works s.r.o.

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british embassy

british embassy

British Embassy in Prague, architectural study of accessibility to disabled

BUILDING HISTORY

British Embassy building extends over the area of two wings built-up Renaissance palace in the historical centre of Prague. Its history goes back to medieval period and there are Gothic traces in the cellars and foundations of the building. Originally a late Renaissance building was rebuilt in the 17th century. The main building is situated at the northwest side of the yard and baroque architectural design of the facades was finished in the 18th century (J. A. Lurago). The main access to this Palace is from the side aisle of the Thunovská street and its facade with the gate was modified in 1851 in the English Gothic style. Present architectural appearance of the building was defined in the first half of 19th century (K. Pollak). In 1919, when Britain established relations with the new Republic of Czechoslovakia, the British leased the Thun Palace as a Residence for the Minister and the Legation offices. It has been the Legation, and then the Embassy, ever since and in 1925 the British Government bought it. Over the years many internal changes to the building have been made to provide more working office space. In (or after) 1947, new tower was built additional to the garden facade and the personal lift was installed. According to archive plans from 1938, the tower should have been larger and probably, the main staircase was adjusted. The former stables were adapted into offices in 1951 and rebuilt to the consular and visa department with the main entrance late 20th century. Garden, built like a small English park on a raised flat terrace, is located directly under the slope of Prague Castle gardens. There is greenhouse and a small barn at the opposite side of the garden.

PRESENT CONDITION

Mapping of BEP building inspects the accessibility to the selected areas, it’s internal layout and sanitary facilities. Present condition of all selected areas is not-accessible to disabled. Current state requires staff assistance – overcoming mobile ramps or steps, passageway through technical areas, opening doors etc. Current accessible solutions and sanitary accommodation do not allow to be used by all disabled users – incorrect clear dimensions of lift, ramps over the maximum gradient, incorrect heights and arrangement of fittings etc. For disabled people, car access or assistance is the only solution of access to BEP. Pedestrian access from the street to the BEP is not possible due to steep slope of the street and insufficient surface quality. External staircase in front of BEP entrance do not allow accessible access for disabled.

ACCESSIBILITY

The ideal goal is conversion of selected parts of the building to comply with the provisions of Regulation of the Ministry of Local Development Nr. 398/2009 Coll., on general technical requirements for barrierless use of buildings, in justified cases, the parameters and arrangement relating to conversion of building structures will be complied with after finalisation. A more real goal is ‟user-friendly“ design, allowing exceptions for reasons of feasibility of technical designs and safety measures ensuing from the purpose of the building structure, with due consideration of the interests of monument protection of the building. The focus is on design options not requiring any assistance and implemented using architectural measures (minimization of technical systems, e.g. ramps, stairway climbers,…) that can be utilised by the maximum number of the persons whose mobility is reduced.

A 2016 project.

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the french institute

the french institute

Reconstruction of the entrance area to the French Institute in Prague

The French Institute is a prestigious cultural and educational institution, with a tradition extending back to the 19th century. The Institute’s building in Štěpánská Street was built in the year 1930. After the period of socialist repression concluded, the building was completely renovated. In 1993, the premises were officially reopened with the participation of French and Czech Presidents, François Mitterrand and Václav Havel. Today, the institute hosts a cinema, a library of books in French language, educational and scientific facilities, a gallery, bookstore and cafeteria.

The transformed entrance area is now very versatile and can be used for multiple purposes. Partitions have been removed, creating a variable space, which is capable of accommodating visitors as they gather before the beginning of cultural events. It is also suitable for holding lectures and concerts, or serving as a library. As a result of the changes, visitor information areas have been set up to allow people to use IT resources with ease. This clean architectural design uses subtleties with colour, and facilitates easy orientation. Mobile furniture has been integrated into the design, allowing for quick and easy interior changes, depending on the institute’s needs.

Project completed in 2015.

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fričova

fričova

The reconstruction of a building in baroque style, in the area of Vinohrady, Prague

This neo-baroque building, built according to the design of Otakar Bureš, was originally used as a garage for carriages and an apartment. In the 1920s, the building had an additional floor added and the courtyard later had its garage extended.

This reconstruction aims to cleanse the house of all ill-conceived alterations and utilize the garage space in the very best possible way. Inside, the building now has a fully functional office space. The yard is free and open, now used for parking and as a relaxation area. Common areas of the house are coloured in shades of white, with an emphasis on lightness, as well as brightness.

Project completed in 2015.
In cooperation with Domusdesign

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santinka

santinka

An apartment interior in Dejvice, Prague

This interior blends an imprint of the personality of the owner, with a minimalist approach to design.

The most significant structural modification alters the layout of the apartment’s previous shortcoming – a long, dark corridor – into an asset. The combination of different surfaces, pastel shading and moulded walls, loosens up and lightens the space. The hall’s “dark portal” accentuates the entrance into the main living room.

Built-in furniture also drives the design. A significant feature is a cabinet which discreetly doubles as a wall and behind also a hidden storage space. Care and attention has been given to tailored details – bright colours, handle-less openings, a reduction of heavily contrasted features, narrowing of gaps and the elimination of classic furniture details – in favour of a modern approach. The apartment is furnished in a minimalistic way with only the necessary furniture for function, without excessive interior decoration.

Each spatial element was composed in a similar style to how exhibits are created and set up. The kitchen is part of the living room, as opposed to a typically separated approach. The kitchen corner within the room is clearly defined spatially and functionally organized. The kitchen furniture is divided into two contrasting areas, for storage and for work, and the worktop (with variable depth), as well as the non-rectangular set up of the storage space, matching the ergonomic requirements for cooking.

The space is further personalized with graphical additions on the walls. The apartment forms a stylized map of the world, showing the destinations where the owner of the flat has a personal relationship.

The plants on the terrace are arranged in a unique manner; they are composed of rectangular islands and intellectually linked to the nature of the division between the terrace apartments.

The elegance of the terrace contrasts with the minimalistic style in the interior. The garden area on the terrace has various tasteful plants and a tree in the corner.

Project completed in 2014.
Further details can be found at pinterest.com.
In cooperation graphical studio Najbrt.

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blaženka

blaženka

Reconstruction of a villa on Černý Vrch (Black Hill), part of the Prague – Smíchov area

The reconstruction of this villa, from the First Republic, not only increases the number of dwellings, but also improves comfort, without undermining the unorthodox and functionalist nature of the building. The originally small and poorly accessible basement has been expanded and supplemented with garages on the building’s boundary. The original entrance to the house has added wheelchair access from pavement level, as well as a built-in elevator. The enlarged ground floor apartment now has a terrace garden outside, and the attic has become a maisonette space. The spatial format of the individual flats utilize the unique features of the building, for example the natural shaping of the surrounding terrain and sloping roof.

The insulating facade has preserved the historical style of the building, and added new features using a sparing architectural expression. For example, elevated windows emphasize the panoramic views of the city. Also, historical elements within the interior are retained and refurbished, and newly added elements respect the building’s original style.

Project completed in 2014.

In cooperation with studio Atelier Šesták.
Original study by MgA. David Töpper.

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a retirement home complex

a retirement home complex

proposal submitted in a competition to design a centre to accommodate the elderly in Tábor, Czech Republic.

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THE URBANISED AREA

The area in question is in close proximity to a hospital, with three sides of the site bordered by overgrown slopes and a busy road to the north. The local area’s urban function meets the needs of road transportation, but not the needs of pedestrians and even lesser so seniors. The main requirement for a well-utilised residence area is therefore an extensive open area with access for all; gardens, streets, playgrounds and squares – throughout which should pulsate with the daily life of the city. Within this concept, there is a significant shift in layout; intimate spaces are created along paths to correspond with the needs of seniors and to help improve orientation.
Once the area in front of the hospital was a field, but today it is an asphalt car park. Improved organization of road access can increase the capacity of this parking area, improving accessible territory and space. Excess asphalt can be replaced in favour of green grass, simply by selecting the appropriate materials and choosing an appropriate parking plan. Preserving and planting trees provide shade and reduce the scale of larger parking areas. Urban access between the roundabout and the main entrance to the hospital can be made accessible to pedestrians and turned into a core aesthetic, completed with a small square.
Interesting paths and a pleasant view of the centre are created on the eastern border of the site, in connection with an adjoining “goat trail”. A historical path provides a walking tour of the city, providing the potential to lead to other pedestrian areas and start the process of overall social revival.

ARCHITECTURE

The centre of the site is divided by two separate buildings. The character of these determine the relationship between the hospital building orthogonality versus the natural irregularities of the local valley. The orientation of the buildings with the valley suggest the possibility of developing structures deeper in the territory and give rise to gentle cornering. These interestingly shaped buildings combine with a simple and easily readable site expression and so continue the construction history of the Tábor region. This concept effectively blends the distinct architecture of the southern area of Blat and simple architecture of Votická. A simple form of brick architecture, with a clear coating follows the previously widespread expression of simple buildings without decorative elements.
The nursing home has a character of its own; a homely view of the centre and a communal garden with the previously described “goat trail”.
This is a protected, cultivated site for seniors. For them, it is a specialized home, with specialized features. For example, the site design tailors to the needs of people with Alzheimer’s and takes account of modern design trends in this respect. The site offers easy navigation around the private inner garden and there are a sufficient number of quality public areas and varied short pathways, designed as a pleasant open area. Memorable locations are dotted all over. Potentially stressful elements (doors to exit staircase areas, etc.) are located away from the field of view of clients. Places where clients need to make pathfinding decisions are concentrated where they share activity with others; in open areas or buildings where nurses provide various cognitive therapies, for example. Outdoor contact promotes healthy exposure to people and the daily cycle of life and work; the garden creates the opportunity for this kind of this kind of therapy for the clients.
Among the buildings is a square that allows contact between different generations, residents and the general public. In this square you can find oriented entrances to buildings, a multi-purpose room, offices, social services and a play area.

A 2014 project.

In cooperation with RaumLeipzig Architekten
Won 1st prize in an architectural competition.

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svojetice

svojetice

The remodeling of a family home interior

With this project, features have been adjusted to create a relaxing and socially active living room and kitchen. The dining area in the kitchen is intended to be the heart of the house – most daily activity takes place here. The large, central table of old solid wood has an increased area to carry out the majority of kitchen work, and the visual impact of the less conspicuous kitchen wall is minimized. Seating at the kitchen table is individualized – everyone has a favourite chair, lamp and colour. The sophisticated library sits in contrast to the minimalistic kitchen. The creative bench for relaxation adds a playfulness to the overall space.

A 2014 project.

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h55

h55

The proposal for the design of a community centre in Hloubětín, Prague. (Submitted in competition)

A precondition of a functioning community centre is an intimate scale, as well as a versatile and subtle or subliminal form. This proposal builds upon the valuable elements reflecting the spirit of the town and site – surrounded and small-scale streets – and adds an unusual gradation of buildings on the slope dominated by a Church.

The community hall is built slightly below ground level, and its appearance blends in well with walls and fences characteristic of the local area. The overall disposition is reduced to a practical minimum. The café is the “gate to the garden”, and the roof of the hall is also an outdoor platform for the library.

Shelves outside the library window create a lively window display. The underlying technical design of the centre also focuses on achieving energy savings.

A 2014 project.
Won a judge’s award in an architectural competition.

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bird&bird

bird&bird

An area designated for clients, at the Bird & Bird law firm. Prague Old Town

The aim of the project was to create an environment corresponding to the flexible operations of large, renowned law firms.

Removing the chaotic construction debris from the previous tenants was a sobering experience. What was created was an open space, akin in character to a library café and indoor office. The café-bar with coffee tables underscores the casual atmosphere of this client area with reception area and meeting rooms. The heart of the area is a multipurpose space, usable as a seminar room for 40 people or for informal negotiations, not to mention a relaxation area for employees. The customised upholstery allows for various uses, including the creation of an independent vertical wall, if required. The lighted ceiling structure from barrisol provides an excellent corporate visual style, hovering above the client area and providing an overall integrating and connecting effect. The wing directs visitors into the heart of the office, and therefore serves as an orienting map, it solves the problem of initial entry point; the narrowest point of the office interior.

Project completed in years 2008 and 2013.
Further details can be found on pinterest.com.

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hřibojedská

hřibojedská

The modification of a family home in Dolní Počernice, Prague

This family house is located on an area of land with little access to sunlight, and changes to the interior improve and complement a sun porch. This glass porch provides a contrast between the interior space and the exterior garden. The overall artistic intention of the project is a radical colour contrast between the house and annex. Interior features reflect the exterior colour schemes and create an emotional link between the inside and outside of the house. The conversion of the house is done sequentially, with minimal cost to the long-term occupants.

A 2014 project.

 

loučná riverbank

loučná riverbank

a proposal for a municipal public park, in Litomyšl (submitted in competition)

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The existing park is a unique natural area, effectively the heart of the town. This proposal reinforces the relationship between the natural riverbed structure and core urban growth, leaving an overall balanced approach. The nature of the park determines the project’s form and layout; grassy areas blend with comfortably with surroundings, and water becomes an integral part of the life within the park.

The footbridge across the river is a key point for people to traverse, and it strengthens the link within the city park. The ramparts that shape the historical street of Vodní rise and fall. While not interfering with the safety of the daily walker, the do give rise to the natural historic character of the pavement, symbolising the age old fight of urban growth versus the growth of nature.

Interference with the development of nature within the park is minimal. The ecological balance, harmony and romantic charm of the riverbank is never undermined. Any changes are intended to be carried out gradually, with respect to the local ecosystem and carefully ensuring safety to nesting areas; an overall natural adaptation. The proposed changes can be easily accomplished, particularly with the help of public volunteering efforts.

A 2013 project.
In cooperation with Klára Dědová.

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symbio

symbio

An office interior, in Holešovice, Prague.

This office interior concept covers two floors of an old industrial garage. It is built with analysis of and respect to communication relationships within the company, and promotes the concept of an employee-friendly work environment. The lower floor serves a representative function; it includes a client area with reception, meeting rooms, children’s play area and workspaces designed for client contact. The interior concept utilises elements from the corporate brand design significantly, emphasising the company brand and marketing as an employer. The upper floor is conceived as an informal work environment. A semi-utilised art and photographic studio is located in the middle of the layout, with the possibility to be temporarily enclosed. There is also a recording studio allowing for the creation and recording of sound in a small, acoustically isolated room. The creative interior design still allows for the industrial character of the building to play an important part of the overall concept.

Project completed in 2007 and 2013
Finalist in a competition for Conference Room of the Year 2014
Further detail can be found at pinterest.com

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An interactive walk – level 2

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rd mělník

rd mělník

a house on a vineyard meadow, Mělník

The location of this house is in the middle of a small plot of land, on the outskirts of Mělník. There is an emphasis on the connection between the house and the surrounding views. Each facade has an embedded opening for admiring the surrounds, and window framing has been specifically designed for each individual view – a vineyard, a cityscape and beyond a baroque chapel. The size and proportion of the window openings are primarily intended to respect the relationship between the interior and the character of each individual view. Smaller windows protect the room from excessive bright sunlight and the depth of the interior creates a niche for built-in furniture.

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On the ground floor are common, day-to-day spaces, with private bedrooms upstairs. Low window sills in the children’s bedrooms and playroom allows them to see the view outside also. A wooden staircase goes through the centre of the house to the roofing extension, with a terrace that offers an additional, separate living space.

The house is optimized to keep energy usage at a minimum. Heating is provided by a boiler system heated from special fuel pellets. Ventilation is entirely natural. Sewage is drained into domestic sewage systems, and rain is also well channelled away. The garden is planted with edibles and old, regional varieties of fruit trees, instead of modern, hybrid garden plants.

Project completed in 2014.

Further details can be found at pinterest.com

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kischova

kischova

The interior of an apartment within the Erwin building, in Nusle, Prague

This new apartment, near the metro station Pražského povstání, offers a spacious living room and excellent views of the valley down to the Vltava River. The investor’s desire was to cultivate a development and design that emphasized functionality and simple aesthetics, with complimentary furnishings. The interior is striving for a functional layout that provides ample storage space. The main room is divided into living and kitchen spaces using designated tables. The large kitchen workspace is painted in an unobtrusive white shading, and a smaller cupboard for kitchen appliances balances composition and colour contrast. This principle is used with the rest of the furniture in the apartment: large built-in wardrobes are always simple and white, while solitary minor elements have pronounced shapes, colours and finishing touches that demand mutual respect.

Project completed in 2012.

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na dědinách

na dědinách

modifications to a family villa in Michle, Prague

Construction work on this villa is based on an efficient use of space. Above two small apartments situated on the ground floor, is an office with an incorporated meeting space. The central motif of the villa is a penthouse apartment with gallery; a central living area which is accessible from all surrounding rooms. As a result of this layout, there are no undesirable additional corridors. There is a central wall with warm fireplace (and storage space) in the middle of the layout. This creates a calmer area around entrances to the apartment bedrooms. Window space added to the attic increases the usable area by 15%.

Project completed in 2012.

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nassfeld

nassfeld

the interior of a mezzanine apartment, in a mountain apartment building, Austria

The character of this mezzanine apartment in the Alps was conceived as recreational family accommodation. Dominating the living room on the lower level is a fireplace and staircase. The heated area under the staircase is intended for relaxation after sport – the idea being to conjure the analogy of old, traditional tiled stove, upon which a person could lie down on to warm up. The staircase winds around a tube filled with internal mirrors. This creates entertaining visual effects and enlivens the visual communication between the different levels of the apartment. In the upper part of the apartment are three small bedrooms and a bathroom, including sauna with an exquisite view of the Alpine peaks. The shelving in the children’s’ bedrooms are made according to designs by the children themselves. In the interior, dominated by natural materials, the built-in furniture is also custom-built according to the wishes of the owner.

Project completed in 2012.

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nučice

nučice

The reconstruction of a house

The central motif of this reconstruction is the main living area, formed by combining the living room on the ground floor with an office/recreation space in the attic, breaking through the “mirror barrier” to create the link. The arrangement of the other rooms are closely linked with the position of apartment’s “curves” and works via mounted walls created from furniture (e.g. see the kitchen). The windows are optimized so that the interior is well lit and sunny, despite the unfavourable orientation of the house in this regard. The outbuilding and garage have a lightly technical character in their construction, shaped so as not to worsen sunlight access to the garden. The small garden area also works as an atrium courtyard terrace, with direct connection to the living room.

A 2012 project.

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hostivař

hostivař

Family homes in Hostivař, Prague

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A pair of houses reside in a residential area between a railway corridor and an industrial area. The mutual blending of the family housing and utilities are separated from the street. The southern slopes in each garden are protected from the operations of the nearby industrial complex. The main ground floor residence of both houses provide an excellent view of the local terrain. When the outdoor terrace and garden are used, the view can be enjoyed from many levels. Elongated windows bring the bedroom floors in direct and close contact with the garden. In the south eastern corners of each plot are wooden pavilions, with an outdoor fireplace and shower.

Project completed in 2007 and 2012.
In cooperation with the studio Atelier Šesták.

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zemědělská

zemědělská

the reconstruction of a residential dwelling, Dejvice, Prague

The layout of this old apartment has been changed in a number of ways. There is now a children’s bedroom, and the kitchen becomes part of the living room, thus increasing the capacity for utilities. The overall reconstruction is aimed at improving both the technical status of the apartment and renewing its furnishings. Most of the historic elements of the apartment are renovated to their original form.

Project completed in 2012.

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opava

opava

Submitted designs (in competition) for a residence for independent and able citizens at retirement age

The concept is two buildings, created as a compositional response to the unbalanced surrounding urban streets, which entices a positive emotional response when viewing it. The site is characterized by a friendly and neighborly environment, with a healthy scale and competent internal capacity. The building entrance is oriented from the garden with preserved, fully-grown trees. The central functional element of the garden is as a walkthrough area,that serves to relax strolling residents or visitors passing through. The garden features a playground, gazebo, benches and exercise area for seniors.
The basic structural format of each building is a unified housing unit with an aspect ratio of 1:2. These studio apartments are divided into private living areas with balcony, an area for visitors with connecting kitchen area, and a lockable entrance to the residence corridor.

A project under competition in 2011
In cooperation with monom works s.r.o.

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kavčí hory apartments

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Custom modifications of apartments in the Kavčí Hory Residence, Nusle, Prague

This project consists of custom modifications to 15 apartments in the Kavčí Hory residence. These flats range in size from studio flats to large interconnected apartments. Not only do the visual concepts of the apartments provide private and exemplary interiors, but are also tailored to the specific requirements of residents. Implemented changes improve previous constraints in the layout, improving lighting in entrance areas and corridors, as well as improving acoustics.

Project completed in 2010 and 2011.

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under the vineyard

under the vineyard

A residential building in Beroun, Czech Republic

This two-storey block of flats on the edge of one Beroun’s residential areas has 28 apartments and 2 floors for parking. The visual concept of the building is a metaphor; a contrast of a living organism of flats, cordoned off by structures on the boundary. From each apartment grows a mini or fully-fledged balcony, the frontal facade exposes a “peppered belt” of balconies overall. The garage space reflects on the facade a narrow line of windows. The last floor is receded. Window openings are high and often joined together. These compositional techniques, along with the use of warm colors, soften the overall character of the building: the house gives the impression of a smaller scale in comparison to what can be found in similar, conventional residential buildings.

Project completed in 2011
In cooperation with architectural studio Atelier Šesták

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malovanka

malovanka

Interior of an apartment in Prague Střešovice

This interior of an apartment within a brick building, built in the 1930s, is conceived with three concepts in mind; the history of the house, the perception of “the temporary” and a record of the present day. The sensitive restoration of original features within the flat is complemented by new additional features, but only to the minimum extent required to successfully complete the concept. In contrast to the base white color decorating the flat, is a parquet floor made from exotic woods, as well as colorfully designed kitchen and bathroom. This beautiful apartment concept is complemented with custom design furniture, comprising of simple shapes and structures.

Project completed in 2010.

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čerčany

čerčany

A house on a gentle slope, in Čerčany u Benesova, Czech Republic

The house is located on a gentle slope on the northwesterly outskirts of the village, in a rapidly developing area of suburban residential houses of diverse scale and quality. Efforts to reconcile this style of housing with the typical geomorphology of the hill, and undulating horizon, has led to the dividing the house into two parts, with a roofs sloping at slight angles. The roof of the main house follows the slope of the terrain, but the smaller garage demonstrates the opposite tendency. The living room on the ground floor continues into a veranda, which is a traditional element of country buildings in this region. It is a great place to have a welcome morning breakfast, or it can serve as a relaxing lounge, or solar filter, on the south side of the facade. Upstairs are bedrooms, a shared bathroom with sauna, as well as direct access from the lobby to the garden, via the roof of the garage.

A 2010 project.

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přestavlky

přestavlky

The interior of a training center, Přestavlky u Slap

This former socialist center at the Slapy dam is reconstructed into a modern, equipped training facility with accommodation. Room dispositions are adjusted according to modern standards and requirements. The classrooms and lounge are oriented with a coffee and refreshments space. Materials and colors are selected so as to emphasize the connection between rooms. A unique approach was taken when proposing an alternative use for the boiler room; it was turned into a gentlemen’s club!

Project completed in 2010.
In cooperation with architectural studio Atelier Šesták.

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nový porg

nový porg

The interior of a primary and grammar school in Krč, Prague

This restored grammar school has been extended with a new complex of buildings in Krč, Prague. Pavilions from the 1980s are upgraded in three stages. The new interior concept efficiently uses the original layout of the school. The furniture combines both typical and atypical features. Corridor facilities complete the school’s network of sites delivering to what was as standard building a new, distinctive character. The color design provides a sober visual character in the interior and allows for the continuous participation of students, as well as teachers, in its creation. The reconstruction creates significantly new main entrance, as well as a fresh playground area.

Project completed across 2008, 2009 and 2010.
In cooperation with Ing. arch. Milan Daněk and Atelier Šesták.

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hanspaulka

hanspaulka

The reconstruction and completion of a semi-detached house, in Dejvice, Prague

Alterations to this semi-detached house, in the renowned residential area of Dejvice, are thoughts and concepts at play. The entrance of the house is enhanced by an overall calm expression in design, retaining characteristic elements of the locality – the indoor porch is integrated with the path from the gate entrance. The new side extension houses a garage and office; clearly the design conflicts with the style of the original house. In this regard, a re-pacification to this “conflict” takes place on the south side, by adding terraces with outdoor stairs leading to the garden.

Project completed in 2011.

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kounice

kounice

A suburban family home, Kounice

The simple layout of this house is complemented by an addition low-level wooden building, reflecting the historical trends of other buildings in this area. The elongated building extension continues the tradition of having small farm buildings at the edge of the property. There is a carport, gym with a sauna, as well as a studio. These can be useful, progressive, interesting solutions for the future; they can integrate the living style of seniors, accommodate normal, everyday family life, and allow different generations within the family to assist each other. The garden, at the entrance to the site, is open to the neighborhood but becomes more private the deeper you are on the property.

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The ground floor consists of the main living room with an equipped study. The bedroom floor is connected to the ground floor by a large rectangular opening and stairway, and for the gallery’s lighting a diagonal wall of semi-transparent glass is installed.

A 2008 project.

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hellboy

A new, multifunctional building in Smíchov, Prague

These proposals are for the construction of a new multifunctional office building on a plot of land in Prague’s Kosire area, close to Smichov. These concepts are meant to complete the vague nature of urban areas, lacking a point or objective. The composition of the building; an irregular, glazed prism with interchanging facade and a meeting room in the shape of a sphere – create an inspiring wedge-shaped building which challenges traditional and defies definition.

A 2008 project.
In cooperation with architectural studio Atelier Šesták.

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suzuki

suzuki

A car showroom

The layout of this site effectively combines the features of a showroom, a car service garage and an office administration space, with a reduction of the overall spatial requirements for the plot. The unique triangular prism composition of the building allows for the use of the roof and upper floor as part of the showroom. The roof terrace is an additional outdoor area which works as a terrace cafe, and functions also a hub for customer activity. The integral material for the building is glass, complemented by wooden sunshading, while the main service area is clad in gray industrial metal. The exterior and interior are significantly influenced by natural wood and foliage, which – in contrast to the mechanical and dynamic nature of metal and glass – give space for peace and nature.

A 2008 project.
In cooperation with Engram s.r.o. and architectural studio Atelier Šesták.

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cottages

cottages

Studio family homes and cottages, in Posázaví

These three types of housing are the result of a consideration for summer living in Posázaví. The houses allow for both short-term and also year-round occupancy. The features of these homes are influenced by the idea that the garden and the surrounding countryside are more important than the buildings themselves.

The houses are different in size, interior and materials used in construction. The houses are situated on the same land area, use traditional basic materials (including attic with gabled roofs), similar materials to nearby summer cottages and contemporary construction detail.

Compared to conventional housing, more attention is paid to security against break-ins, during long absences of owners.

A 2008 concept.


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 The first type (a) is the largest, and the floor division corresponds with today’s standards for family houses: the ground floor is used primarily as a living area, the upstairs bedrooms face the garden and a well-lit hall features a single-arm staircase. The narrow proportions of the gable make the house look smaller. The main construction material is wood in two natural colors. Cottage openings are secured with a lattice of “wooden posts”, or using sliding walls, replacing shutters.

Type (b) follows the same construction style and focuses on reducing the size of the house. The floor plan of the ground floor is divided into functional areas by sliding walls. Four bedrooms in the attic are oriented in all directions. Artificially corroded copper sheeting is added as part of the overall material mix. This sheeting is also used as the material for the window shutters, so after they are closed, the house becomes an impenetrable shell; compact, protected from the outside and the cold winter conditions.

Type (c) is reduced to a minimum size; the building floor area is only 5.5m x 8m. The house has two bedrooms located upstairs, one bathroom, a living room with high ceiling and a small gallery in the attic. The architectural style of the house uses irregular geometry, which helps reduce the enclosed space and gives the house an unmistakable style and expression. The material mix again uses two wood colours.

 

av čr

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The Institute of Applied Sciences and an extension to the Institute of Thermomechanics Academy of Sciences, in Libeň, Prague

This new building of the Institute of Applied Sciences serves as an incubator for research, as well as a representative entrance building for the academy campus. In addition to laboratory, office and accommodation facilities, the building features a large lecture hall, information center and common public areas. The open, public nature of the complex supports an adjacent central park. The architectural design of the institute and the new building of the Institute of Thermodynamics is based on the use of crystalline materials. It symbolizes – in contrast to the surrounding classic rectangular buildings of the area – the peculiarity in contemporary scientific research. Non-rectangular shapes are also used in the parterre layout, which uses converging shapes to indicate directions of movement, as well as changing perspective.

A 2007/2008 project.
In cooperation with DES Praha s.r.o.

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tokovo

tokovo

An office space in the Tokovo palace, in Holešovice, Prague

This project was situated within a tall office building, and so the architectural shapes used in this project reflect the themes of respect in business, as well as the pursuit of moderation and dignity. These themes are consistent with the activities of this office, and permeate through the entrance area with reception, conference hall with foyer, and office floors. The investor has placed an emphasis on the use of affordable materials, as well as supporting Czech producers.
The use of glass walls symbolize the transparency of the office. To ensure necessary privacy, partitions are sanded with partially transparent patterns. The degree of transparency varies according to the function of each room, and the chosen pattern designs reflect the office facade. Visitors and employees can gauge the occupancy of offices and meeting rooms, without disturbing or distracting office activity.

A 2007 project and joint project with Atelier Sestak.

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chemoprojekt

chemoprojekt

An office building in Strašnice, Prague

This new administrative building, placed in the client’s company locale, has a proportional ground plan and height in ratio with the plot of land used for the project. It is located on a border between lower accommodation housing and industrial buildings of various volumes and shapes. A simply shaped cubic body cleanly divides and provides conclusion to the street. The office space complements a restaurant on the ground floor, employee fitness room and freestanding buildings for accommodation designed for guests and employees also.

A 2007 project.

In cooperation with architectural studio Atelier Šesták.

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summer mezzanine

summer mezzanine

The interior of a loft apartment in Letná, Prague

The original flat in this Neo-Renaissance building had an attic used as a storage space. By extending this space, a mezzanine with an open loft area was created. This proposal highlights the connection between floors, views into different areas within the flat, and connecting walls. On the lower level is a bedroom floor, and a staircase extends to a landing area which can function as a small study with a library. The higher attic space is designed as a living area with a kitchen. The striking shape on the apartment’s side wall serves as a backdrop for tall cabinets and kitchen cupboards. The raised platform at the top of the project provides a view of the beautiful Stromovka skyline.

A 2007 project.

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nusle mezzanine

nusle mezzanine

The interior of a penthouse apartment with gallery, in Nusle, Prague

The investor’s wish was to create a loft apartment with a 2+kk space as a home office. Due to the small size of the apartment in question, we placed the steel gallery to cover a portion of the living room and kitchen space. The gallery’s transparent material ensures sufficient daylight in the room below it and no reduction in the overall feel of the apartment. If anything, the profile of this material creates subtle optical and lighting effects to the project’s advantage. The miller staircase to the gallery allows for comfortable walking up and down, despite considerable steepness.

Project completed in 2006.
Selected for Exhibition at Czech Interiors 2007.

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hotel to Vítkův

hotel to Vítkův

A newly built hotel with shopping arcade

This new building is located in a vacant lot on Koněvova Street, a busy road in Prague 3. Part of the building is used for commercial spaces – a shopping arcade and passage – allowing access through the building to the park on Vítkov hill. The higher floors are used for hotel rooms, and the basement is used as a car park.
The architecture of this building is based on subtle contrasts: simple and clean combinations of vertical and horizontal lines on the rhythmic articulation of the facade surface. The “rhythm” of the facade is divided into smaller individual units; they create a linking and contrasting composition of buildings that are in no way alike to each other. The green, grassy slopes and levels use dynamic diagonal segmentation, contrasting with the main facade design. The materials have been chosen in moderation for this design, and there is an emphasis on the contrasts between black and white colors, as well as between the matte and shiny surfaces of plaster and glass.

A 2006 project.
A joint project with studio Atelier DES Praha s.r.o.

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chlum

chlum

Alterations to an agricultural building on a farm, in Chlum nad Malší

This proposal was to build a loft apartment on a traditional South Bohemian rural farm. The new flat is built above an existing living quarters, to allow cohabitation of two generations of a family. This installation is accessible by an independent outdoor staircase, reworking the design of a traditional wooden staircase and upper gallery. The staircase is covered by a roof that still provides emphasis on how new features have their affiliation to time, and serves as a “calling card” for the contemporary interior within. The flat’s features and topography is determined as a means to harmonize with the interior beams and supports which are retained from the building’s original architecture. Floor planning is limited as a result of working with a comparatively small space within this structure, and as a result windows have only been able to be installed on one side of the apartment. The project has also been designed to incorporate adding an interior staircase between the two apartments in the future, should this be desired by the owners.

A 2006 project.

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václavák

václavák

A proposal for design modifications to Wenceslas Square in Prague (submitted in competition)

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Today’s Wenceslas Square can be seen in many ways: an old national symbol, an outdated tourist thoroughfare, a crime zone, and a dysfunctional symbol of the Prague transportation system. This competition was designed to provide ideas for the future appearance of the square. In the proposal, it was important to preserve existing proposed changes to transportation routes (for example the transfer the North-South city motorway, the return of trams to the square, and to include underground garages). Our proposal seeks to stimulate a neglected debate about what should fundamentally be the character of Prague’s most important square. We considered it improper to propose a nostalgic theme, and decided to support a contemporary approach to how this iconic square is presented to the world.

A central element of this proposal is largely to remove and replace road traffic. By removing the eyesore of the two-lane ring road, which passes through at the top end, the square is opened up for pedestrians. The square is divided along its length into several zones with different featured areas. Alternating zones focus on cultural gatherings, tourism, transport and more. Sculpted concrete constructions give an interesting backdrop for people passing through the square, and provide areas for activities and entertainment.

Encapsulated spaces are erected, whose use can vary according to current needs. From short-term artistic installations, Easter markets, to long-term cultural and commercial spots. The design also sets out to revive the square’s Bouda theater. We propose the elimination of the ČKD Building on Mustek and to recover the symbolic value of the square; to create a natural bridge between the buildings of the Old Town and the self-assured buildings of contemporary times.

A 2005 project.



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a bubeneč loft

a bubeneč loft

The interior of a loft apartment, in Bubeneč, Prague

The aim of the project was to tailor the creation of a new loft apartment according the requirements of the residents. To ensure even, soft lighting within the flat, interconnected common areas were extended and skylights installed with plexiglass. A new fireplace was added to the living groom, and the kitchen was remodeled, complemented by a bar with furnished drinking area.
The staircase also had alterations, with the original rustic stair railing replaced with a modern glass design. Most of the furniture is custom-made. Walnut furniture combines with darker and lighter alder woods, and complemented with tastefully painted walls and surfaces.

Project completed in 2005.
Selected for Exhibition at Czech Interiors 2006.

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europan 8

This proposal, submitted in competition, is for the revitalization of the city area of Podbaba, Prague

The designated space – on the northern edge of town, wedged between the river and the Baba district – gives the impression of a dead space; merely intended as a hub for transportation. This architectural proposal seeks to transform the area into a lively gateway to the city; full of commerce, culture and greenery. The central element of this proposal is a “green bridge” spanning a four-lane road and viaduct for trains. The bridge, covered with grass and mature greenery, opens city links and peripheral routes, with vehicular traffic directed into a tunnel. The area south of the bridge is designed as a plaza, surrounded by new buildings with a mix of residential and office spaces. A large industrial hall becomes the focus for culture and commercial activity, and with traffic directed underground, the ground is free for strolling pedestrians. The railway station Prague-Bubeneč is relocated to be under the “green bridge”.

A 2005 project.

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housing for seniors

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An extension and adaptation of a former school building into a home for the elderly, in Prague Lysolaje

This project involves the reconstruction and completion of a small classical building, residing on the slope of a nearby valley. The aim is to provide a new functional use to this building, in the form of an intimate home for the elderly, with a various supporting services. The arched open space situated on the ground floor of this reconstructed building serves as a dining room, a café and a multipurpose hall. The first floor and loft consists of an everyday care area, with care and relaxation rooms, as well as facilities for therapists. The main entrance to the home is designed as a glass hallway, which connects the original building with the newer part. A transparent hallway offers residents views of the surrounding gardens and the green slopes of the valley, while the original classic building protects the privacy of the residents from public view, from the street. In the entrance hall is a relaxed reception area and on the 1st floor is a gallery to the entrances to resident rooms. An annex with three floors is set in the steep southern slope of the valley with resident rooms and apartments with included utilities. The resident rooms, with a total capacity of 30 beds, are oriented to the private garden on the valley slope. Each room has a small garden or balcony. The common part of the garden is terraced. An outdoor stairway located on the east side of the land, allows direct access from the street to the garden. The building has wheelchair access.

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When choosing the materials and color scheme of the entire project, the preference has been for natural materials, warm and bright colors, both indoors and outdoors. Great emphasis has been placed on the effect of flora on the atmosphere of the elderly home. Most of the existing trees have been preserved, or supplemented with new ones. The design of the entrance hall, balcony railings and partition screens are designed with structures to incorporate the climbing of plants and greenery.

A 2005 project.
In cooperation with architectural studio Atelier Šesták.
Winner in an architectural competition (upon invitation).

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heřmanice

heřmanice

The reconstruction and completion of a rural house, in Heřmanice u Králík

This project is a brick country house in a village, on the northern border between the Bohemia and Moravia regions of the Czech Republic. Preserved as close to its original form as possible, the building is adapted to today’s requirements for living and supplemented with a separate accessible area for guests. This proposal allows for the ground floor to be kept in good condition, with the main focus on alterations placed on the attic. All elements of the main supporting beams and original staircase are preserved. In this case, bathrooms are installed in the central part of the attic, as a result of the roof’s shape. Bedrooms are located at the top of the building, on a floor among the roof’s supporting beams. The roof is completed with skylights, and the roofing surface material is made from recycled plastics; visually reminiscent of a historic tarred style. The house is connected to a light wooden outbuilding. A metal staircase is placed on the north gable wall, for a separate entrance to the higher living space. Several new windows have also been added. These new windows are indeed new; they are in a contemporary style and do not attempt to hide that they are a modern addition to this delightful, rural house.

A 2005 project.

 

čapkova

čapkova

A design of a residential building on a street corner, submitted in competition, in Písek

The ambivalent character of this area is calling for something to complete this street corner; it needs the help of significant unifying element. We chose a simple design that ends the traditional street front with an unconventional approach – we provide a distinctively different building in contrast to the existing surrounding group of houses, opening a “dialogue” between two different ways of construction. The diagonal line between the two types of overlapping facades is the most distinctive architectural feature of this building, and it supports the flow of the rising street corner and highlights it. Along this greatly elongated building is a gallery with a double-aisle, with a southerly orientation. A subtle walkway is can be spotted from the nearby square. Light storage boxes with semi-transparent coloring reside in the galleries, and create a pleasant visual play on the northerly facade.

A 2004 project.

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lysá nad labem

lysá nad labem

A tendered project design for a home for the elderly in the city centre of Lysá nad Labem

This home for the elderly, directly linked to the historical square Náměstí Bedřicha Hrozného in Lysá nad Labem, follows the contemporary trend of integrating these facilities into city centres. This facility has a capacity of 96 beds and is wheelchair accessible, with low pavilions spread across the home’s gardens, as well as along the backbone of interconnecting paths. Among the areas created are intimate gardens and courtyards, with respect to existing nature. Common areas and services complete the site. The materials and design proposed for this home honors the town identity and historical development of the area.

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Close to the adjacent school building is a courtyard designed to act as a meeting area. In addition to doctor’s practices is a small hall intended for musical or dramatic performances and exhibitions. A meditation area and chapel are located close the oldest existing trees, which have grown in existence within the original park.

A 2004 project.
In cooperation with architectural studio Atelier Šesták.
Winner in an architectural competition (upon invitation).

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