This 5-hectare former barracks site near the centre of Beroun is being developed with over 24 100 m2 of residential accommodation (gross external). IBA developed the master plan, permitting, and tender documentation for the project which will include a variety of residential units designed in response to the existing urban context and to the sloping south-facing morphology of the site.
The monochrome design, inspired by the geological strata found in local stone quarries, is intentionally restrained and understated in contrast to recent design trends for more overtly expressive apartment buildings. As sales prices in provincial towns are lower than in the capital, a key challenge was to keep construction costs as low as possible. This was achieved by keeping construction methods simple and by designing out any need for complicated detailing.
There are 10 apartment buildings which are located around the edge of the site which enclose a more private and ‘protected’ central zone housing terraced and semi-detached family houses. The developer is Crestyl and works on site commenced in the summer of 2017 and are due for in the summer of 2020.