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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

K Botiči Student’s Home in Prague 10 by SCHINDLER SEKO ARCHITECTS

 
January 17th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SCHINDLER SEKO ARCHITECTS

Background
The existing building is located in K Botiči Street, Prague 10, on the cutting edge of residential development and a vast park area. The boundaries of these properties are marked by the Botič Creek. The building is located on the South-Eastern corner of the street with its Eastern front facing directly the park. K Botiči Street opens in Vršovická Avenue, a backbone street to Prague downtown.

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

  • Architects: SCHINDLER SEKO ARCHITECTS
  • Project: K Botiči Student’s Home
  • Location: Prague 10
  • Photography: Ondřej Polák
  • Support: Petra Matuszková, Hana Polidarová, Ondřej Dušek, Jan Holub
  • Investor: Hamilton & Co Holdings
  • Land: 493 m2
  • Gross floor space: 4 146 m2
  • Net floor space: 3 766 m2
  • Architectural volume: 11 438 m3
  • Year of completion: 2013

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Original purpose
Designed as an office building with offices along a central corridor, this property was developed in 1970s. The storey height is very low and no parking space is available for residents. Although reconstructed back in 1990s to serve the needs of Komerční banka, it fails to meet current requirements for office buildings. These are the reasons why the customer decided to reconvert the building to a student’s home.

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Concept
The basic concept of the building splits into two parts. The façade and the connecting rooms make up the ‘skin’ of the building, a neutral black-and-white exterior envelope, while the corridors and stairways are the building’s ‘arteries’. Invigorated with rich colours they become a vivid communication hub. The corner siting of the building is highlighted by a new double-height oriel on the two upper storeys featuring study rooms – the knowledge centre of the building.

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Layout
Self-contained double rooms, i.e. each with a bathroom and a toilet, are placed in the existing reinforced-concrete pole span. Single and four-bed rooms, including rooms for students with physical impairments, are designed for end and corner positions. Each storey is equipped with a kitchenette to make cooking meals. A reception desk and a restaurant are available downstairs. The basement features a students club, fitness, laundrette and building service installations.

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © Ondřej Polák

Image Courtesy © SCHINDLER SEKO ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © SCHINDLER SEKO ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © SCHINDLER SEKO ARCHITECTS

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