Palace of Electric Enterprises

The palace of Electric Enterprises is one of the largest and most important monuments of Czech interwar functionalist architecture. The idea of the restoration was to present significant premises in authentic reconstructed form and modern, functional building, providing above-standard spaces.

[info]Palace of Electric Enterprises
Studio: TaK Architects
Author: Marek Tichý
Project location: Bubenská 1, 170 00 Prague 7; Czech Republic
Award: * Finalist of the Czech Architecture Award 2022
Co-author: Pavla Brůžová, Jana Kulíková
Design team: AED Project a.s, www.aedproject.cz
Project year: 2017
Completion year: 2020
Built-up Area: 7 862 m²
Gross Floor Area: 38 450 m²
Usable Floor Area: 34 067 m²
Plot size: 7 996 m²
Dimensions: l x w x h = 110 x 79 x 31 m
Cost: 52 mil. €
Client: CPI Property Group
Technical design: AED Project, www.aedproject.cz
Statics: Building STATICS, www.building-statics.cz
Heating and cooling: Lubomír Guziur
Air ventilation: František Kubec
House installations: IKKO [Bohuslav Kouba], www.ikko.cz
Heavy current system: ACDC [Jiří Schaffer, Ivana Kadlecová]
IT design: Forgys [Ivo Tříska]
BMS: RM Plan [Vladimír Píša], www.rmplan.cz
Fire specialist: František Chuděj, Pavol Ondruš
Photographer: KIVA, foto@kiva.cz, www.kiva.cz[/info]

The project brings new techniques and technologies, indicates a way to the renovation of similar interwar buildings. A breakthrough was the reconstruction of the cladding with an accent on architectural expression, but also the interiors joining authentic restoration and the details of new built-ins and functional parts. The core is the office part in the five-storey nave of the central hall lined with galleries around the perimeter. The dispositionally closed core is loosened towards the wings of the building and upwards into open layouts. The renovation includes adjoining spaces, former exhibition galleries, business units with relation to the exterior complemented by modern parterre detail.

The building construction is a ferroconcrete monolithic skeleton based on concrete footings, supplemented on the last two floors by a steel skeleton. The main moments of the reconstruction associated with the partial operational conversion were the complete rehabilitation of foundations formed by aluminous concrete, replacement of the perimeter claddings and filling of openings, replacement of technological systems with regard to the valid fire technology and control legislation and the creation of automatic parking stacker in considerable parts of basements. The restoration was technically complicated as historical elements were supplemented by the current architecture. Total restoration of facades involves the development and production of copies of large wooden and steel windows, construction of new glazed roofs over the original glass-concrete roofs improved the thermal-technical quality in all atriums. The installed technologies represent a shift in economics and operational efficiency.

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