New Headquarters of the Faculty of Humanities
David Korsa
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Glass dividersGlass System
Glass facade WICONA
Atypical seating furniture SIXINCH
SIXINCH COATINGS
PU screed Remmers
ChairsVitra.

Product Spec Sheet

New Headquarters of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University

Kuba & Pilar architekti as Architects

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. 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.

photo_credit David Korsa
David Korsa

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. 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.

photo_credit David Korsa
David Korsa

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.

photo_credit David Korsa
David Korsa

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.

photo_credit David Korsa
David Korsa

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.

Team:
Author: Ladislav Kuba, Tomáš Pilař, Martin Klimecký
Client: Faculty of Humanities, Charles University
Construction and technical solutions: AED project

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David Korsa
photo_credit David Korsa
David Korsa
photo_credit David Korsa
David Korsa
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Material Used :
1. Glass facade — Wicona
2. Glass dividers — Glass system
3. PU screed — Remmers
4. Chairs — Vitra
5. Atypical seating furniture — Sixinch
6. Monolithic Concrete – Stairs, Reinforcing Walls
7. Prefabricated Concrete – Handrail
8. Glass-Cement – Panelling
9. Metal Mesh – Ceilings
10. PU Screed – Floors
11. HPL surfaces – Joinery Products
12. PU foam – Furniture according to the author's design

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