The new precinct River City Prague, formerly a disused railway yard, links the Karlin district to the Vltava Riverbank. The new buildings frame a pedestrian zone and public park along a bio-corridor. Danube House, the first and flagship building anchoring the recently established district, forms a natural landmark, a gateway to River City when arriving from historic Prague.
The building, forming a dramatic prow as it rises to eleven storeys, profits from its unique setting, a triangular site wedged between road and river, A large glazed atrium faces the city, providing an environmental buffer and mitigating road noise for the offices, which wrap around the atrium in an “L” shaped configuration. Workspaces overlook the tranquil river or the city’s landmarks. Air drawn from the bio-corridor flows through the building’s undercroft, where it is naturally tempered before treatment and distribution to the atrium and the offices. Panoramic lifts bring everyone to the heart of the building. High level walkways across the atrium glass wall encourage informal encounters. The atrium folded glass wall cuts into a split face finish red sandstone volume. Its random fenestration provides a liveliness within the disciplined structural framework.
A project of
Kohn Pedersen Fox (International) PA
in which the following people at PLP Architecture were involved: Lee Polisano was partner-in-charge; Karen Cook, design partner; Rob Peebles, specialist structures designer; Daniel Moore, architect; Bernard Storch, designer; Lars Hesselgren, head – computational geometry; Neil Merryweather, head model maker.
Rohansky Ostrov Project s.r.o.
2005 ULI Award for Excellence Office – Small-Scale Category