The 1st residential phase of the Hagibor development in Prague 10 has been completed. Comprising the Alfa and Beta buildings which together provide 160 dwellings and a total of 14 646 m2 gross area.

A key challenge with such large multi-unit buildings is to achieve a sense of human scale and individuality where inevitably there is so much repetition of similar sized units. In response, we turned this repetition into a virtue by designing 2 buildings which ‘play off ’ one another ; Alfa, which we christened the ‘hedgehog’ growing organically based on cubic blocks with private terraces above them and Beta a slick horizontally articulated counterfoil with a projecting balcony framework providing shading and protection against road noise.

It was critical for us to design comfortable and distinct public and private spaces and in the semi-enclosed courtyard the concept of a ‘micro wood’ was developed with the French landscape designer Michelle Desvigne. This helps to modify the microclimate and amplifies the connection to nature and is a theme that will be replicated throughout the development.

The developer is Crestyl Real Estate and the contractor was Metrostav. Landscape architects were MDP.

Photos by Aleš Jungmann and Alex shoots buildings.

Video courtesy of Crestyl.

CLIENT Crestyl
YEAR 2017-2022
SIZE 160 dwellings