City Block TRINITY, Brno
Úzká, Trnitá, Hamburská, Brno-centre
2005 – 2009
|Co-authors:||Petr Hrůša, Tomáš Rusín, Ivan Wahla|
|Architectural model:||Vladimír Jeník|
The triangular plot of the structure is divided into three separate registers in terms of construction, operations and technology, for example, a shared underground garage and linked buildings. The long circumference of the block receives its rhythm from the grid of the facade which allows for a truly flexible division of the administrative workplaces into the currently established module 1.35 m. It also includes pleasant interior environments with French windows with low parapets hiding the radiators. These reach all the way up to the reinforced concrete roof of the cooling building. The technology of a cooling concrete core, which is not only economical in terms of energy use but at the same time human friendly, is used for the first time to such an extent in this country. This makes it possible to built an administration building in which each floor is actually a load-bearing or dividing construction and not a mere plasterboard cladding of installation between-spaces.
The grid of facades is not applied mechanically, however, but instead articulated with a tectonic motif involving lightening or in contrast weighing down the particular floors. Each of the three buildings of the block has its own tectonic theme, its own variation of a front which differ from one another.
The marked plasticity of all three variations of the facade is supported by the material motif of the shared impact of the hardness of the sandstone facing of the frames of the windows and the plinth and the depths of texture of the mineral plastering. The rhythm, plasticity, subtle monochromatic and quality natural material all serve to emphasize the taste and physicality of the structure and are the foundation stones for the aesthetics of these three buildings which make up one city palace.