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Bieblova Apartments
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P6PA+Architects
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P6PA+Architects, Martin Klejna, Javier Navas Fabregat, Bieblova Apartments, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic
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P6PA+Architects, Martin Klejna, Javier Navas Fabregat, Bieblova Apartments, Prague, Praha, Czech RepublicThe construction of this poetic façade arose from the need to create a frontage with contemporary aesthetics that would fit in with the original decorations of the surrounding buildings that date from the first half of the 20th century. After much deliberation, HI-MACS was choosen as the best material for the project, due to the many varied attributes of the material.

P6PA+Architects, Martin Klejna, Javier Navas Fabregat, Bieblova Apartments, Prague, Praha, Czech RepublicThe main expressive element of the building – which comprises two basement floors and seven upper floors – is found in the impressive façade built using white panels of HI-MACS, a material chosen for its excellence in cladding for large structures. The large size of the panels that make up the façade (2.6 x 1.1 m) along with the graphic work on their surface (using perforated letters) enables the building to have a different appearance at night thanks to the back-lighting effects. Read diagonally from the upper left-hand corner to the lower right-hand corner of each panel, the letters spell out different titles of poems by Konstantin Biebl: Zlom (Turning point), (as seen in the bottom left panel on the building) Ikaros (New Ikaros), K Lesu (The way to the forest), Havran (The rook), Akord (The chord) among others. This creates an image full of contrasts and content that becomes even more lively at night, making the building stand out from the adjoining buildings in an elegant, subtle way.

One of the most difficult tasks in the project was getting approval from the local authorities. The biggest challenge was reaching an agreement in terms of protecting the city’s historical and urban landscape. The project was presented to several historical department committees and to Prague City Council. Building permission was finally obtained and, thanks to that, the poems of Konstantin Biebl can be read on this façade, making the building stand out from the architectural landscape of the Czech capital.
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P6PA+Architects, Martin Klejna, Javier Navas Fabregat, Bieblova Apartments, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic
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MATERIALS
 
natural acrylic stone

P6PA+Architects, Martin Klejna, Javier Navas Fabregat, Bieblova Apartments, Prague, Praha, Czech RepublicFor the façade’s architectural design, the letters were milled into the HI-MACS surface using CNC technology, and each one has a unique design. The structure is backlit for a more dramatic effect, and its sides are slightly contoured with an LED light to soften the letters that make up the poems.

P6PA+Architects, Martin Klejna, Javier Navas Fabregat, Bieblova Apartments, Prague, Praha, Czech RepublicThe structure of the façade is formed by different layers that create a highly functional and extremely aesthetic cladding element. The external covering comprises a 12-mm layer of HI-MACS, a layer of 8-mm transparent acrylic glass, and a third layer of black acrylic glass underneath. The hidden load-bearing element of the façade is a steel structure.

The system for fastening the panels to the building uses stainless steel profiles and plastic pegs. Each panel hangs as a separate entity, which thus allows either horizontal or vertical adjustments, independent of any other panel.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Czech Republic [Ceska Republika]
Territory
Bohemia [Čechy]
Region
Hlavní město Praha
Town
Prague [Praha]
Address
Bieblova 8
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Multiple dwelling
Monuments, decorations, furnishings, graphics
Facades and decorative elements
Decorations, graphics, painting, murals
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2015    
Realisation
2016 - 2017
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
Konstantin Biebl, P6PA+Architects, Martin Klejna, Javier Navas Fabregat, Bieblova Apartments, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic
The façade of the Bieblova residence project has been designed by P6PA+Architects as a tribute to Konstantin Biebl (1898-1951), a prominent Czech poet from the inter-war period who lends his name to the street in Prague where the building is located.
Read diagonally from the upper left-hand corner to the lower right-hand corner of each panel, the letters spell out different titles of poems by Konstantin Biebl: Zlom (Turning point), (as seen in the bottom left panel on the building) Ikaros (New Ikaros), K Lesu (The way to the forest), Havran (The rook), Akord (The chord) among others. This creates an image full of contrasts and content that becomes even more lively at night, making the building stand out from the adjoining buildings in an elegant, subtle way.
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CLIENT
 
 
Donova, a.s.
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Floors
7 aboveground
2 underground
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STAFF
 
Project
P6PA+Architects
Design detail
Ondřej Šteger, Martin Wolf, Rostislav Koziel
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Miguel Alonso
Text edited by HI-MACS - LG Hausys Europe
Courtesy of HI-MACS - LG Hausys Europe

P6PA+Architects, Martin Klejna, Javier Navas Fabregat, Bieblova Apartments, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic



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