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City Green Court in Prague Features a Living Wall and Tree In the Central Atrium
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On March 3, 2011 @ 1:10 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,Green Building | No Comments
City Green Court is currently under construction on the Pankrác Plains in Prague and will complete the superblock designed and built by New York firm Richard Meier & Partners. The eight story office building is part of a large master plan to redevelop the formerly neglected part of the city and has already been pre-qualified for LEED Platinum certification. The highlight of the project though will be a large central atrium planted with a tree and a living wall, sucking daylight into the heart of the building.
The new daylight-filled building is the third and final part of Richard Meier’s office master plan for the Radio Plaza superblock . Inspired by Czech cubism, the exterior is a expressed as a series of horizontal and vertical planes and includes cubic balconies and vertical fins on the south and west facades that help shade the interior. Eight stories of green, modern and flexible office space will soon be available under the ownership of Skanska.
The highlight of the project is a large light-filled central atrium with a black olive tree planted in the center surrounded by ivy-covered living walls . Sustainable design is also expressed through the use of natural ventilation of the atrium during the summer, state-of-the-art mechanical systems, reduction of water runoffs and storm water collection, a green roof , indoor air quality control and the use of local and recycled materials. Construction began on the office building in 2010 and is expected to be complete by 2012.
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Renderings by vize.com  courtesy of Richard Meier & Partners
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 superblock: http://inhabitat.com/green-roofed-superblock-for-fargo-north-dakota/
 living walls: http://inhabitat.com/spains-largest-vertical-garden-cleans-air-inside-office-building/
 green roof: http://inhabitat.com/category/green-roof
 Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2011/02/23/city-green-court-by-richard-meier-partners/
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