Faculty of Humanities at Charles University, Prague Real Estate Interior, Campus Building Project, Czech Architecture Photos

Faculty of Humanities at Charles University, Prague

21 Feb 2022

Design: Kuba & Pilař architekti

Location: Pátkova 5, 182 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic

Prague Faculty of Humanities
Images by David Korsa

Charles University Faculty of Humanities, Prague

The original canteen and dormitory buildings by the architect Karel Prager are only the torso of an unfinished university campus on the banks of the Vltava River.

Before:
Before Charles University Prague by Kuba & Pilař architekti

The canteen itself was never fully used as intended. The 1980s building, built using a demanding lift-slab construction method with its deep central square disposition, had an indisputable architectural quality at the time of its construction. However, a radical change was necessary to accommodate new needs of the Faculty of Humanities.

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The conversion project preservers the external shape, height and proportions of the original canteen building. The main intervention is the creation of a generous central hall, illuminated from above, with daylight coming in between the trusses of the skylights. The hall is the heart and the social center of the faculty which spatially connects all three floors of the building.

Faculty of Humanities Charles University Prague

The entrance, located on the level of a raised plateau, enables a simple connection of all floors by two differently shaped one-flight staircases. Cantilevered galleries along the perimeter of the hall provide access to seminar rooms, teachers’ offices and two lifts with fire escape staircases. The lowest level of the hall accommodates large common lecture halls, auditorium, faculty’s library and the deanery.

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Prevailing materials in the interior are exposed concrete combined with a fine metal ceiling mesh, black floor screed and white wooden elements and furniture. The space is dominated by a variably set seating furniture in orange.

Prague Campus Building by Kuba & Pilař architekti

The external structural glazing is designed primarily as an effective acoustic protection against the noise from a six-lane ring road in the immediate vicinity of the building. Double-skin façade allows for natural ventilation and regulated sun shading of the interior space. Rounded glass corners are a link to the original architecture.

Prague building by Kuba & Pilař architekti Faculty of Humanities Charles University Prague

The conversion of the canteen is a part of a large complex which includes two high-rise dormitory buildings sharing a common base. Completion of the outdoor areas, access roads and greenery will be a subject of the next stage of the construction.

Faculty of Humanities Charles University Prague

Faculty of Humanities Charles University Prague

Faculty of Humanities at Charles University, CZ – Building Information

Design: Kuba & Pilař architekti – http://www.arch.cz/kuba.pilar/

Authors: Ladislav Kuba, Tomáš Pilař, Martin Klimecký
Contact E-mail: kuba@kuba-pilar.cz

Studio address: Kopečná 387/58, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic

Project location: Pátkova 5, 182 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic

Faculty of Humanities Prague

Project year: 2010-2017
Completion year: 2020
Built-up Area: 4974 sqm
Usable Floor Area: 13350 sqm
Plot size: 11900 sqm
Dimensions volume: 69060 m3
Cost: 18.400.000 €

Client: Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Client’s e-mail: dekanat@fhs.cuni.cz
Client’s website: www.fhs.cuni.cz

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Materials
monolithic concrete – stairs, reinforcing walls
prefabricated concrete – handrail
glass-cement – panelling
metal mesh – ceilings
PU screed – floors
HPL surfaces – joinery products
PU foam – furniture according to the author’s design

Products and Brands
glass facade — Wicona\www.wicona.com
glass dividers — Glass system\www.glasssystem.com
PU screed — Remmers\www.remmers.com
chairs — Vitra\www.vitra.com
atypical seating furniture — Sixinch\www.sixinch.eu

Faculty of Humanities Charles University Prague

About Kuba & Pilař architekti
Kuba & Pilař architekti is an architectural studio founded by Ladislav Kuba and Tomáš Pilař in 1996. The studio ranks among the most recognised ones in Czech Republic. Their buildings have been awarded nine times the Grand Prix of Society of Czech Architects – the most prestigious national award for architecture.

The first significant public commission of the studio was the building of Library of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno, which won the main award Grand Prix 2002 and many other awards. This project was followed by other successful architectural competitions, built projects and awards. The Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, which won the main award Grand Prix 2009, Residential Estate Na Krutci in Prague, Omega Department Store in Brno, Apartment Building on Kostelni Square in Ostrava, projects of Moravian-Silesian Research Library in Ostrava, The Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen are among the most significant. In 2021 their conversion of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague won again the main award Grand Prix of Society of Czech Architects and was one of the finalists of the Czech Prize for Architecture 2021. The work of Kuba & Pilař architekti has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award five times and published in both national and international periodicals.

The starting point of their architectural design is the relationship to the context, the content of the building, which they transform into the relevant material and visual form. Harmony between content and form is not just a phrase for them. They emphasize the art concept of their design. They concentrate on the detail, which eventually transforms the abstract intention into reality.

Faculty of Humanities Charles University Prague

Photographer: David Korsa – davidkorsa.com, david.korsa@gmail.com

Collaborator: Construction and technical solutions: AED project, www.aedproject.cz

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Location: Pátkova 5, 182 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic, central eastern Europe

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