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Zemanka Residence, Prague, Czech Republic

Šafer Hájek Architekti s.r.o.

The site is located on the edge of Braník villa housing quater where large 3 storey apartment villas gradually become 3 storey terraced housing groups with the set back upper floor level. Most of the existing housing was built in the twenties of last century.

The massing strategy of the development is to echo a rythm of adjacent three apartment villas. The resulting cluster is composed of three higher elements (which more or less reflect the volumes of neighbouring villas) and of four lower parts inserted in the gaps and on the edges of the group.

The assembly of lower and higher elements is also expressed in the footprint : the higher elements are stepped back. The higher elements copy a natural building line i.e. a curve which extends from existing villas on the west side. The lower elements similarly follow the some logic from the east.

The taller elements are essentially apartment buildings with a central circulatuion core with a lift. The far side low elements work as independent two storey houses. The main pedestrian access is via a path on the northern side of the complex. An uderground garage extends full length of the complex and is accessed directly from the street.

The main design strategy is aimed at an articulation of the parts and diminishing the scale of the whole assembly. It is expressed both in volumes as well as in colour and material design. The higher elements are designed in white render and in Tecu (green copper) lining. Lower objects are rendered in deep red colour combined with Tecu lining.

This rather regular pattern is accompanied by a secondary theme of Max boards lining in yellow hue. The result is meant to be an assembly of different buildings both in scale and colour design as well as in building type, i.e. houses combined with apartment buildings.

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Building

Owner: 
AT Development, a.s.
Completion date: 
2005
Country: 
Czech Republic
City: 
Prague
Street: 
Rohanské nábřeží
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Pre-patinated
Estate: 
Upgrade

Architect

Awards

Season: 
2007

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