Crestyl’s Hagibor residential development in Prague 10, includes 2 large scale apartment buildings providing 168 apartments.
A key challenge with such multi-unit buildings is how to achieve a sense of human scale and individuality where inevitably there is so much repetition of similar sized units. We turned this repetition into a virtue in designing 2 buildings which ‘play off’ each other; one which grows organically based on cubic blocks which we christened the ‘hedgehog’ and the other a slick horizontally articulated counterfoil.
Critical for us was to design comfortable and distinct public and private spaces in the courtyard between the buildings. The separation of these two realms is emphasized by placing the private gardens on a raised plinth.