Lucy Wang

Geometric Green-Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

by , 06/30/14



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The angular, mountain-inspired rooftop comprises sedum-covered triangles framed by metal vectors that represent the slopes of the nearby mountain range. The sides of the building located above ground are glazed to let in views and natural light. The new education center, which comprises a conference room, classroom, exhibition space, and research laboratories, is separated from the existing administrative offices by a passageway. A car park is also nestled underground with separate entrances for cyclists and drivers.

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As part of its mission to educate and promote nature conservation, the center is designed with energy efficient principles. The majority of the building is built underground to mitigate weather fluctuations and reduce heating and cooling costs. In contrast to the structural walls, which are constructed out of cool gray concrete, many of the partitions, floors, and furniture are made from honey-colored plywood to add a sense of warmth to the interior.

+ Petr Hájek Architekti

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Images via Petr Hájek Architekti

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