Richard Meier & Partners just completed the first commercial LEED Platinum project in the Czech Republic. Located in Prague, City Green Court is a glass rectangular volume with an efficient envelope and mechanical systems that reduce energy demand while providing a comfortable climate indoors. The building's hallmark is its central atrium, which reaches from the ground to the rooftop skylights and features a living tree and green wall.
Located in the Pankrac area of Prague, City Green Court completes the Radio Plaza super block master planned by Richard Meier & Partners and developed by Skanska Property Czech Republic. The 8-story building was inspired by Czech Cubism and addresses the architecture of surrounding buildings in the neighborhood. The building is enveloped in an efficient glass curtain wall, that serves as the first line of defense against energy losses. The south and west facades feature vertical fins angled to shield the interior from receiving too much solar radiation, while the north and east facades are more open. Small balconies jut out from the south and west facades to break up the exterior and offer a chance to step beyond the building’s envelope.
Inside, a massive atrium stretches from the ground to the roof and connects all the floors together. This indoor garden features a tree and a green wall and a winding staircase connects the floors. The atrium provides fresh air and reduces the need for artificial cooling. The penthouse level is enlivened by a green roof that soaks up stormwater. The project is also made use of local and recycled materials.
Dukho Yeon, design partner-in-charge, comments: “The design solution for City Green Court sets new standards of quality of space and architecture for a typical speculative office building project. The materiality and form are controlled with considerable discipline and restraint pared down to the essential elements. It is an understated building with a huge presence, transforming dramatically depending on the views. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments with our Czech partners.”
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