Czech Ports Building, Prague Office Design, Contemporary Czech Architecture by River Vltava
Czech Ports Building in Prague
18 Jan 2022
Design: ADNS architekti
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Photos by BoysPlayNice
The Czech Ports Building project was created in a very confined space, defined in the area of a functional cargo port in Prague. On the north side it is limited by the functional river transhipment point, from the south by the future adjacent residential development.
Czech Ports Building
From the east, the land is bounded by the Vltava riverbed and by the line of the mobile flood wall. This mobile wall completely secures and protects the adjoining residential quarter of Holešovice from a possible flood tide and runs perpendicularly in the middle of the layout through the entire ground plan of the house.
The necessity to ensure technical access and, in the event of flood threat, the collision-free construction of the flood wall is also visible in the structural design of the house, where more than half of the building is above the possible river flood. Plain concrete is thus also admitted on the columns and the ceiling of the building. The simple layout of the house, influenced by the possibility of the site, presupposes a simple and clear use and arrangement of the office layout.
The flats on the upper floors, on the other hand, benefit from the view of Prague Castle and basically the entire level of the Vltava valley. Concrete, simple large-format slabs, copper and coloured metal sheets are comprehensible means of expression for the realisation of a geometric façade that transcribes the logic of the building’s layout into its external envelope. The new office building houses the new headquarters of the Czech Ports Joint Stock Company.
The lettable areas are situated on the second to sixth floor. On the upper floors, a pair of residential units is designed with a fabulous view of the Prague skyline and the bend of the Vltava River. On the ground floor of the building is a conceptual elevated space, designed for commercial lease, with a reception area adjoining the main entrance on the north side. The roof extensions, basement and mezzanine are intended to accommodate the technologies that ensure the operation of the building.
The building is complemented by parking areas on the ground. The building and its architecturally coherent, non-symbolic expression must also be understood in the context of the surrounding area, which is essentially a regenerating port district today, originally with small factories and manufacturing plants, dating from the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Subsequently significantly shaped by urbanisation and the encroachment of the building boom before the Second World War. The site is illustrated by panoramic views eastwards to the Vltava River and the dramatic scenery of its right bank, the slopes of Bulovka with its landscape features, the White and Black Rocks.
Czech Ports Building in Prague, CZ – Building Information
Construction costs: EUR 6.8 million
Architect and author: ADNS architects / Petr Dvořák, Martin Němec
Cooperation on the implementation project: Petr Máša / JPa
Investor: České přístavy a.s.
Supplier: PORR a.s.
Statics: Miroslav Šváb
About ADNS architects
The architectural office ADNS architects was founded in 1991. The focus of ADNS is primarily on the implementation of complex architectural and technical projects on large-scale constructions, especially in Prague. The priority is the realization of constructions of international quality and standard in all parameters.
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Location: Prague, Czech Republic, central eastern Europe
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