Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno
Botanická 68a, Brno-Královo Pole
2009 – 2014
|Team:||Rastislav Balog, Miroslava Blechová, Pavel Dvořák, Kateřina Eiermannová, Šárka Justová, Viktor Kvita, Lenka Musilová, Petr Pelčák, Petr Uhrín (project supervisor), David Vahala (project supervisor), Zbyněk Zavřel|
|Art work:||statue / sculptor Karel Nepraš,
unrealized model / sculptor J. V. Novák
|Investor:||Masaryk University, Faculty of Informatics|
|Architectural Model:||Vladimír Jeník|
|Photographs of the model:||David Židlický|
The Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University was situated, upon its founding in the year 1994, into a practically new but non-functional, after the social changes in the year 1989, building for research institutes (arch. Jan Dvořák 1974–1988). The structure was no longer suitable after fifteen years of service and with an around fifteen time increase in the number of students.
The required spatial expansion of the Faculty was linked with the plan to establish the first supercomputer in the Czech Republic. Our intention was to create a sense of place, doing so on the one hand in the topography of the city and on the other hand for the life of the university. The building from the 1980s had not, in our view, provided the appropriate reaction to the question of its placement: it was missing an entrance facade, two transverse wings faced out on the street, it failed to create a corner on the street intersection as well as a city planning articulation with the shift of the street front at the site of the structure or the creation of a public space between it and the street. We were interested in rectifying these failings in the urban texture and also wanted to create spaces which would correspond to a university environment. The structure was supposed to obtain its core in an atrium with wooden inner balconies with a glazed roof. These along with the glazed walls placed in front of the original bayed facade were designed to ensure a solid energy balance for the building. We linked up both already-existing transverse wings with two new longitudinal quadrangles in terms of shape. The higher assymetrical wing projecting out on the south-west corner of the structure, which does not house the university operations but instead the development workplace of an IT company, creates the accent for the corner, demarcates the public parking front space of the faculty and articulates the inserted construction line of the eastern front of Botanická street.
The energy savings in terms of operations, apart from the compact shape and “wrapping” of the old parts of the structure in glass (the original cladding had minimal heating-insulation parameters which could not be solved with contact heating due to the extravagant plasticity of the architectural and construction elements) are provided for by solid facades (with a limited window surface preventing unnecessary heating of the building through sunlight) and cooling of the concrete core of the new construction parts. The main theme of the facades is tectonics and plasticity achieved in a different manner of cladding with one format of bricks. The contrast in hue with the ceramic cladding belts of the original structure form a distinct differentiation between the new and old parts of the grounds.
Due to the fact that the project only eventually received a small part of the anticipated funding, the realization only amounted to a fourth. In addition, the financing was finally only ensured from various funding programmes and as a result the layout design of the realized fragment had to be essentially altered in contrast to the original plan (library instead of the student café, classrooms instead of staff offices, etc.).