IDEA OF TRANSFORMATION
NEW TOWN HALL
FOR PRAGUE 7 DISTRICT
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The concept of the building is based on a modern (fair) relationship between the individual and the bureaucratic system (understood in the better sense of the word). The structure of the building is binary. The stylobate could be compared to a democracy: the high-rise part of the building rests on a stable, firm, sturdy base, which makes one think of the bureaucratic system as a transparent and fair organism formed on the foundations of democracy. The concept of the building is based on one of the most important social realities in contemporary Eastern Europe – that is, the need to improve the relationship between the individual human being and the bureaucratic system.
The building under reconstruction is going to maintain the existing bulk. The building is deeply nestled in the silhouette of the city, as a typical example of architecture of that time, and newly designed facade structure echoes the characteristic contours of the old bulk. Existing terraces are complemented by yet another space on the first floor. It is designed for the visitors. The new entrance is being designed in the same place as the existing one, but with the development of the porch (where ramps for disabled people are being installed).
On the ground floor a waiting area and reception are designed, the underground floor is designed for engineering and utility rooms. Vertical link is being projected with the help of the existing staircase and two elevators. Town Hall administration is supposed to be situated at the upper floors of the building whereas a place for ceremonies - at the top floor as well as the terrace.
The layout of the building is designed in such a way that it would not only be convenient to visit, but also to work in. Spacious administrative premises are created to ensure good natural sunlight insolation.
The choice of internal spaces’ stylistics illustrates the institution approach to visitors - it is not the decorated magnificent space characteristic of office buildings that is important, it is the attention that every visitor is going to receive. RAW-style interior emphasizes the importance of the characters visitors-employees operating here as well as their relationship. Materials scale is modest - corete, wooden, metal surfaces. It is suggested to complement the interior with works of art, creating the necessary light, which would become the highlight of the interior. The building would seem alive as the works of art are changed from time to time.
Light facade idea - coinciding with the institution's operating philosophy - it is a clear, bright and friendly space. Brightness illustrates that everyday bureaucratic issues here are dealt with ease and in a friendly manner.
ENERGY CONCEPT OF A BUILDING
Estimated heated indoor area remains the same, but energy is expected to be saved using modern efficient energy design methods.Most importantly - extreme insulation of the building is planned and much more efficient facade and roof thermal insulation rate is expected.
Heating and hot water system is going to be provided by air to air heating system. As high hot water consumption level is not foreseen in the administrative building, the system is connected to the same air pump.
The heating system will be effective as the building will be insulated and will keep the stored energy within. It is very important that the application of this system provides each room with the autonomous adjustment system - this ensures high level of microclimatic comfort. Air conditioning is going to function through the same system.
No openings are planned - fresh air is fed and removed via air handling system, warming the supplied air this way. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning is planned through one air system, which will reduce engineering systems’ installation costs. Since the building can boast a number of terraces it is suggested to collect rain water and use it for toilet flush, it would be an easy and inexpensive implementation of eco-friendly solution to help save water consumption. Reservoir is foreseen on the underground floor.
Power-efficient LED technology will be used for interior and facade lighting. Lighting is controlled automatically, presence sensor system is fitted in the building.
All engineering systems’ data and management is in the central BMS computer, in this way the users of the building will be able to manage and save their energy consumption quantities.