Benthem Crouwel Architects has revealed the winning design for Valley, a mixed-use development that includes housing, workspaces, and retail in Prague. The project features a Felixx landscape architect’s rooftop garden and a network that includes diverse public spaces. It also establishes a strong connection to the neighborhood.
The project features an office tower, a series mid-rise volumes and green topographies linked by sky bridges. The landscape is inspired by the Bohemian Mountains and transitions between lush grasses and floor-beds at the lowest point to trees at mid-height, and then to mineral areas at higher points. For maximum sunlight and energy efficiency, the orientation of the roof surfaces has been optimized to maximize daylight and solar radiation.
This design allows for a variety of high-quality, affordable housing and work places. It is characterized by the striking silhouette of the lush roofscape which creates a strong identity in Prague, the community, and individual residents. Pascal Cornips is a partner and architect at Benthem Crouwel Architects.
The dense network of streets and squares emphasizes walkingability. Programming creates a “24-hour City” that allows for constant traffic to retail and office spaces. It also provides a vibrant atmosphere with bars and restaurants. The development’s modularity allows for future adaptations as well as circular building strategies. This is the third Czech Republic competition-winning design for the office, after Brno’s central station that was revealed earlier this year as well as the Nadrazi Zizkov residential development in Prague.