Metropolitan Block Trnitá, Brno
2013 – 2021
|Team:||Pavel Dvořák, Šárka Justová, Šárka Králiková Mecnerová, Petr Pelčák, David Vahala|
|Architectural model:||Vladimír Jeník|
|Photographs of the model:||Filip Šlapal|
|Investor:||Moravská stavební – INVEST, a.s.|
The new construction block creates the city environment in a development area of the centre. It is designed to support its metropolitan character. It continues with the urbanization of the area which was begun prior to World War I. It also builds upon the appearance of both facades of the free-standing buildings of the primary school, currently the seat of the Šlapanice town hall. The block has a multi-functional design. It consists of two administrative buildings on Trnitá street and six residential buildings in the remaining two street wings. All have a commercial main floor. A car-park is situated inside the block covered by a roof communal garden. The height of the buildings are linked with the neighbouring structures: the former school and the opposite Trinity palace. A corner tower is situated opposite on the corner of Trnitá and Bratří Eislerů streets (working title), which along with the Trinity tower across the road create the motif of a gate into the city. The significance of the corner co-forming plaza in front of the entrance to Vaňkovka Gallery is enhanced by the ground-floor colonnade. The city-shaping element of importance in the design is the development of the south-west part of the block above the recently constructed ground floor, the solitary standing E.on electricity distribution system which is incorporated into the street front by the designed structure. A closed city block consequently comes about without gaps and blind fronts.
Each of the administrative buildings has a distinct street front. They share a certain plasticity, vertical bays, perpendicular window proportions and window piers. The residential buildings have varying characters for their facades. Instead of the exact rhythm of cladding of office buildings, a living rhythm of seemingly irregularly placed windows and loggia is employed. The northern facade is made rhythmic by the vertical bays and western balconies. The residential houses thus obtain a smaller “residential” scale with traditional, large window proportions. The street face has a hard surface from bricks as well as glassfibre-reinforced cement volumetric units.