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Richard Meier completes 'green' Czech office

[FIRST LOOK + DRAWINGS] Richard Meier & Partners Architects has unveiled this LEED Platinum-rated office block in Prague

The eight-story City Green Courtoffice in the Pankrac area of the Czech capital is the third project completed by the US practice within the city’s master plan.

Built on a speculative basis the LEED Platinum certified building contains seven floors of office space arranged around a central top-lit atrium, topped with a penthouse level and an extensive green roof.

The central atrium, which contains a green wall, is intersected by bridges attached to a stair that provides access to the the first four floors, aimed to decrease dependence on lifts.

The building’s south facade, where a canopy marks the formal entrance to the building, and the west face are clad with vertical fins intergated into the curtain wall that are angled according to the sun orientation to minimize solar heat gain and provide shade.

The effecient envelop along with the natural ventilation of the atrium during the summer, the reduction of water runoff and storm water collection and the green roof have allowed the office to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Architect’s view

Richard Meier, managing partner, Richard Meier & Partners Architects

We have worked together with Skanska to make City Green Court a benchmark for green building design in the Czech Republic. The completed structure has a LEED Platinum rating, reflecting its strategies to conserve energy and to use environmentally friendly building materials. This assignment has been particularly challenging as it also meant addressing the historic beauty of Prague and at the same time creating a modern image of the City for its future.

Above all we hope this Master Plan for the Pankrác Plains becomes a catalyst for growth. After 10 years of hard work and dedication we are now seeing the result – which is an incredibly robust neighborhood, a new urban fabric rich with activity, and an optimistic view of urbanism for Prague.

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