Správa železnic Headquarters, Prague, Czech Republic..
the answer that must be given has to be fast and precise,
Uniform, heterogeneous, dialogue and contextualized. Seeing these qualities, many of them are opposite and it is precisely in this opposition that our proposal resides. As we have said before, we are going to use all those situations that harm us to put them in value and build the new headquarters.
One of the major drawbacks is the obligatory step that must be left for the buses to circulate to the station. What has been done is to value this situation and take advantage of its spatial geometry to generate both the plan layout, the section and the elevation. We want this step to be seen, and not only to be seen, but to be an organizational element, therefore, we implement it in the project as an ascending linear crack that modulates and fragments the building, in such a way that it generates the structure of the building itself from porticoes that solve the structural situation of the access road to the station. An asymmetrical rhythm is created, accentuated by the structure and that divides the building into two clearly differentiated parts. The lower part of a more stony material accommodates the areas that are intended for the offices while the upper part of the building, it radically changes its materiality by housing independent but continuous modules inside to house the office spaces.
But the question posed to us is what to do with the second building? Should it have the same language? Should it be differentiated? Or simply shouldn’t it exist?
Our answer is clear and direct: we must create a homology between the two buildings and make this transport gap a virtue and use it as a compositional and spatial planning “weapon”. Given this, what we did is simply create the same situation symmetrically with respect to the main building. Another crack appears, but in this case not as a road with rolling ground, but rather as a road with pedestrian ground, creating terraces that enhance the urban situation, establishing an immediate and homogeneous dialogue between the two buildings.