Residental Block in Brno below Palackého Vrch
2008 – 2010
|Team:||Rastislav Balog, Miroslava Blechová, Šárka Justová, Michaela Kasková, Jakub Kovářík, Petr Pelčák, Petr Uhrín, Zbyněk Zavřel|
|Investor:||IMOS development, a.s.|
The grounds for the administration building for long-distance cables was built during the Cold War on a woody slope outside the city. Its use was changed a number of times and reconstruction work took place. The city also gradually grew to meet it. We initially prepared a reconversion project for the new owner involving turning the three largest buildings of various functions into a small residential block. It was decided, however, prior to beginning the construction work, that further use of the varied construction substance would be economically problematic. We consequently prepared a new project over an extremely short period of time based upon the original volumes of the structures. This unusual situation provided us with an opportunity to design a residential block which was not composed of repeated structures. The three distinct new structures provided the chance to employ three different typological forms of housing based on the buildings. The house at the far edge of the land, facing out on only one side, was modified with an atrium type of structure in order to provide intimacy. The lower of the two residential structures enriches this typological category with elements of houses with an open layout throughout the entire depth of the building with separate entrances to the flats directly from the “street” with large residential loggias and full-walled glazing. The higher structure with underground parking is a variation on the small tenement building and the apartment villas. Its layout in a U letter shape combines classic “corridor” flats with direct lit entrance halls with flats of an open layout situated along the fully glazed facades in the central part of the building. The firm facades are designed with one repeating pattern of French windows. We endeavoured to combine the internal and external residential areas of the flats in the design in order to provide sufficient privacy and differentiation along with natural lighting for all of the rooms. This served to determine the form of the stairways of the higher building, the lower residential floor of which is incorporated into the slope and thus not lit up from the north. The atypical course of the project preparation provided us with the opportunity to give each of the structures a characteristic look and motif which would be employed both aesthetically and in terms of composition to make one united whole of the entire residential group.