Richard Meier & Partners

Prague

In Prague, global business is largely conducted in the central historic district of Nove Mesto, but a superblock in nearby Pankrác Plain has long promised to become its modern high-rise counterpart—the Czech equivalent of Pudong or Canary Wharf.

Skanska's $10.8 million purchase of the City Green Court project from the real estate investor ECM in 2010 was a milestone in the Pankrác Plain transformation. As part of the sale, ECM included a schematic design and zoning permissions for the eight-story office building it had commissioned from Richard Meier & Partners (RMP). Yet Skanska's vision, which embraced sustainability, was in marked contrast to ECM's brief.

“We essentially had to start from the ground up in terms of structure, mechanicals, and the module,” says Dukho Yeon, RMP associate principal. “The massing is the same, but the approach is completely different.” RMP reworked the 175,500-square-foot building's systems. The south and west facades feature a Cubism-inspired composition with stainless-steel fins, angled to minimize thermal gain. A stair-lined atrium is central to the building's natural ventilation strategy, guarantees daylight, and fosters healthy, interactive movement between floors.

The Czech Republic's first LEED Platinum building, City Green Court is 56 percent more energy efficient than required by code, and consumes one-quarter less water than comparable facilities. Equally important from a business standpoint, Skanska leased 80 percent of the building's rentable space to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), before it was completed. Besides increasing the size of its office, the LEED-certification goals also embodied PwC's corporate sustainability mission.

When construction ended in 2012, with the building 95 percent occupied, Skanska sold City Green Court to Deka Immobilien for $74.5 million. Skanska did conduct two more transactions, however: it rented the remaining space for its own satellite office—creating a LEED Platinum–certified interior—and it tapped Richard Meier & Partners to design a property next door.

Architect:
Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
475 10th Avenue
New York, New York 10018
Phone: 212 967 6060
Fax: 212 967 3207

Size: 175,500 square feet

Construction cost: withheld

Completion Date: November 2012

People

Client: Skanska Property Czech Republic

Architect:
Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
475 10th Avenue
New York, New York 10018
Phone: 212 967 6060
Fax: 212 967 3207

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Design Team:
Richard Meier, FAIA
Dukho Yeon, AIA
Project Architect:
Guillermo Murcia
Collaborators:
Robert Kim
Marianna Mello
Yoshiki Waterhouse
Joseph Watson

Architect of record:
Cuboid Architekti s.r.o
Ales Papp
Magda Pappova

Engineers:
Structural Engineer: TOBRYS s.r.o

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Optimal Engineering Spol s.r.o

Consultant(s):
LEED: Skanska Property Czech Republic s.r.o

Curtain Wall: Skanska AS

Landscape: AO5

General contractor: Skanska a.s.

Photographer(s): Roland Halbe

 

Products

Structural system
Base building concrete by Skanska a.s.
Manufacturer of any structural components unique to this project: Skylight - steel structure by Skanska a.s. - steel structures, Skylight – glass by Skanska LOP

Exterior cladding
Metal Panels: Aluminum Rain Screen system assembled and installed by Skanska LOP

Metal/glass curtain wall: assembled and installed by Skanska LOP

Rainscreen: Aluminum Rain Screen system assembled and installed by Skanska LOP

Precast concrete: assembled and installed by Skanska a.s. – concrete structures

Wood: Podzimek a synové, spol s.r.o.

Moisture barrier: Paul Bauder GmbH&Co

Curtain wall: assembled and installed by Skanska LOP

Roofing
Elastomeric: TPOFirestop

Windows
Metal frame: Skanska LOP

Glazing
Glass: Guardian

Skylights: Guardian

Doors
Entrances: Revolving door by Blasi Doors

Metal doors: HSE spol, s.r.o. Fire-control doors

Security grilles: HSE spol, s.r.o.

Hardware
Locksets: Twin

Closers: Geze

Pulls: FSB

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: solid ceilings Knauf, tile ceilings Ecophon

Suspension grid: solid ceilings Knauf, tile ceilings Ecophon

Demountable partitions: Skanska LOP

Wall coverings: Gypsum plaster – Knauf

Special surfacing: self-leveling screed by Techfloor s.r.o.

Floor and wall tile: floors Rako Taurus, walls, Rako Color One

Carpet: Interface

Raised flooring: ProInterier s.r.o.

Furnishings
Office furniture: Herman Miller, Vitra, Steelcase, Arper etc.

Reception furniture: Custom made reception desk and wall cladding, lounge seating by Arper

Lighting
Interior ambient lighting: Zumtobel

Downlights: Zumtobel

Task lighting: Zumtobel

Exterior: Bega, Erco

Dimming System or other lighting controls: Zumtobel

Conveyance
Elevators/Escalators: Schmitt+Sohn

Plumbing
Ideal Standard

Energy
Energy management or building automation system: Siemens

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