Amazon Court Offices

Prague/ Czech Republic

Size/ 42,000 m² (24,000 m² above terrain)
Cost/ € 35,50 million excl. VAT
Competition/ 2004, 1st prize in restricted international competition
Status/ Construction period 2009
Client/ Europolis
Partner Architect/ ATREA Architects
Engineer/ ZEF, UK/ RFR, France
Other consultants/ Anne Marie Plough, artist (DK)
Sustainability/ DGNB Platinum
Awards/ 2008, MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Award, Office Buildings/ 2009, Construction & Investment Journal Awards, Best Office Development

Amazon Court is a mixed-use, predominantly office development close to the historic centre of Prague. The scheme which sits on the banks of the Vltava River forms part of the River City Prague complex, featuring offices, shops, housing, hotels and restaurants. The central atrium acts as an internal public square – with suspended terraces, water features, trees and flowers, open 24/7 the development provides a connection through to the Karlinska Nam Park and the river promenade beyond.

The building’s façade consists of a geometric pattern of glazed and white granite sections with alternating flamed or polished finishes.

Environmental sustainability has been an important focus in developing the design of Amazon Court — the sustainable strategy takes into account seasonal and daytime/night-time temperature changes.

To reduce energy consumption, a specific type of clear glass allows natural light into the building whilst minimising solar gain. This sustainable complex can adapt to a range of user requirements — units can be extended or partitioned according to demand. Additionally, glass bridges traversing the atrium at the upper levels double as office space.

The atrium’s internal screens are decorated with foliage patterns inspired by the Amazonian jungle.

The atrium is covered by Foiltech, a transparent lightweight roof material supported by slender rafters; the mullion-free sheeting gives the illusion of being outdoors while insulating the atrium from the noise of the city beyond.

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