Prague, Česká republika
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A new, high-tech occupant - and an innovative ventilated facade system - have reenergized an old industrial complex in the Prague 4 district of the Czech Republic. Renamed and reopened as the Czech Savings Bank's IT building at a cost of about $48.5 million, the highly contemporary building features several upper stories bearing a facade system that is the first of its type in Central Europe.
Engineered and supplied by Hunter Douglas Contract, the ventilated facade with integrated solar-control system presents both a state-of-the-art aesthetic and a highly sustainable solution. The multiple-panel metal rainscreen, a facade system called Perforated MPF, was incorporated on the outside of a glass curtain wall. This solar screen reduces thermal loading while admitting a diffuse, pleasant light. In terms of aesthetics, reflections and light from the curtain wall are visible through the metal scrim, adding depth and visual interest to the composition.
Most remarkable, the design architect Martin Kotik of the Prague-based firm, Omicron-K, detailed the facade with an integrated "active" solar-control feature. Dozens of collapsible vertical shutters, spaced seemingly randomly around the facade, open and close as the building's occupants see fit. Occurring singly, in pairs, or groups of four, the accordion shutters glide silently into position, animating the penthouse structures otherwise minimal visage.
Thanks to the architect's work, and the unique facade system, the Czech Savings Bank's leaders find their building both unique and effective. "The new, modern buildings will on the one hand, enhance the physical security of our IT systems; on the other hand, will mean significantly improved working conditions for about 1,100 employees," said Jack Stack, Chairman of the bank.
Division Name: Hunter Douglas Architectural United Kingdom
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