Palmovka Park

Aulík Fišer Architects as Architects

A job acquired in an architectural competition organised by Metrostav Development Co. was a unique opportunity for us at several levels. At the urbanistic level, it was a chance to articulate an urban block in a modern manner, redefine its character for a specific setting and function and, at the same time, engage a historic production hall, a technical, cultural monument, into the spatial context of the designed block. At the architectural level, it was an opportunity to return artworks into these buildings that had ever since the beginning been created as their part as usual in the past.

Caption
Caption
Caption

We adjusted the street (block) scheme that is generally irreplaceable for the definition of an understandable public space and the synergy of houses to the specific situation of two office buildings. These buildings together with an old production hall establish a structure clearly spatially defined to Voctářova (street) towards the Libeňský most (bridge) but publicly passable via wide steps and a small square towards the Libeňský přístav (port). All three buildings are mutually wedged with tiny cleavages, joints between them establishing a “porous block”, a permeable block.

Caption
Caption

The historic production hall has since the beginning been considered part of the designed block. Due to its unique nailed beams spanning almost 21 meters, the hall was listed as a technical, cultural monument in the course of the project. That, even more, strengthened its significance in the entire structure and the emphasis on its correct restoration and functional use.

There is a public restaurant in one section of the hall; the remaining area is prepared for exhibitions.

Caption
Caption

There are also two artworks part of the office buildings placed in their publicly accessed areas. Another artwork is installed in Building III in a glazed hall – a connecting element between the building and the historic hall. This hall is an integrating component of the entire block and has many functions. There is a lobby, the entrance to the restaurant, an unobstructed connection to the level of the bridge (Libeňský most) and a café, as well as a passage from the small square to Vojenova street here. The artwork is an approximately three meters high sculpture named Průnik/Penetration by Jan Poupě referring to the industrial past of the place with Libeň shipyards; it suggests a virtual axis between the Libeňský shipyard and the historic centre of Libeň.

Caption
Caption

The artwork in Building IV is a large mural – A Waterfall – by Patrik Hábl placed in the escalator corridor area connecting Voctářova to the visually designed central atrium where, on the lowermost storey, there is the lobby of the building IV and the connection to the Libeňský most (bridge). Building III has seven aboveground storeys and the floor area 11,270 m2;

Caption
Caption

Building IV also has seven aboveground storeys and the floor area 12,400 m2. The area of the restaurant section of the historic single-storeyed hall is 640 m2 (including amenities); the area of the exhibition section is 850 m2.

Caption
Caption
Project Spotlight
Product Spotlight
News
Seattle’s Maritime Innovation Center: A catalyst for the Blue Economy
19 Jul 2024 News
Seattle’s Maritime Innovation Center: A catalyst for the Blue Economy

The Port of Seattle recently broke ground on the new Maritime Innovation Center at Fishermen’s... More

Monumental sculptures appear to embrace and support Fragment Apartments in Prague
19 Jul 2024 News
Monumental sculptures appear to embrace and support Fragment Apartments in Prague

Prague-based creative studio QARTA Architektura has completed the development of an apartment comple... More

Key recent projects by Baumschlager Eberle Architekten
19 Jul 2024 News
Key recent projects by Baumschlager Eberle Architekten

Baumschlager Eberle Architekten is an international architectural firm known for its contextual inte... More

XISUI Design creates serene woven metal pavilion inspired by bird nest and eggshell structures
18 Jul 2024 Innovations
XISUI Design creates serene woven metal pavilion inspired by bird nest and eggshell structures

Shanghai-based XISUI Design is a multidisciplinary studio with a team of architects, installation ar... More

Kinder Land Bridge and Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Prairie: A Green Oasis in Houston’s Urban Heart
18 Jul 2024 News
Kinder Land Bridge and Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Prairie: A Green Oasis in Houston’s Urban Heart

Memorial Park, an iconic urban greenspace in Houston, Texas, has long been valued for its vast trail... More

Perkins&Will designs collaborative London-based head office building and “living lab”
17 Jul 2024 News
Perkins&Will designs collaborative London-based head office building and “living lab”

Global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will designed the London-based European head office... More

DREAM completes a community hub in spruce and pine near Paris
17 Jul 2024 News
DREAM completes a community hub in spruce and pine near Paris

French architecture studio DREAM has unveiled the ESAT Lozaits-Seguin, a light-filled community buil... More

Kindergarten in Villacurí, Peru, showcases use of traditional materials and building techniques
17 Jul 2024 News
Kindergarten in Villacurí, Peru, showcases use of traditional materials and building techniques

Architects Betsaida Curto Reyes of Estudio Copla and Ander Bados Sesma of Atelier Ander Bados have c... More