Double block of flatsToday's blocks of flats are being built with quick money from institutional loans, which on completion need to be quickly changed for other funds, this time from mortgages. While banks and pension funds are exchanging anonymous payments, anonymous houses are being built for anonymous residents. But what if it changed? The typology of the traditional blocks of flats, forming in-demand contemporary city quarters, such as Vinohrady, was built on the owner's presence, a touch of individuality but also a slow rate of return. This corresponded with the scale of the land, number of floors, number of units as well as the maintenance costs. Our double block ticks all the boxes. The clients will live in the house, look after the tenants and provide services associated with the rent.
Instead of the clients' original idea of living on the top floor, which would generate one enormous house, we proposed an alternative of two houses on their, sharply sloping, stretched, corner plot. We situated them on shared foundations containing a multi-purpose community laundry, gym, offices, workshops, microbrewery, spa and covered parking spaces. Both buildings respect the characteristic heights of the surrounding ledges and ridges, construction lines, width of street façades as well as mutual spacing. The resulting double block reacts to the scale of the surrounding houses better then any single block of flats could ever have. It offers the owners the qualities of living in a house and at the same time allows the rented flats to gain more from the plot - windows in every room, flats with no built-in utility shafts, more terraces, more views of the Vltava valley, more communal gardens, more parking spaces. The brick cladding frames the living quarters of the owners, the façade and concrete the flats of the tenants. They are connected with a lightweight steel railing.
The double block is designed to use a radiant mass heating and cooling system (Concrete Core Activation), ventilation is through open windows, undesirable heat gains (and losses) are regulated with outside blinds and shutters. Flushing and watering uses greywater and rainwater, heat pumps aer connected to a series of vertical boreholes. / Study