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Doors of today: the Prague’s Riverfront got the coolest doors of the city

The embankment in the center of Prague change a lot in the last years and from 2019 it got an important reconstruction along Rašínovo nábřeží completing the repair of the dungeons on and handing them over to new tenants. The architecture firm Petr Janda/Brainwork finished restoring part of the banks of the Vltava River.

The vast revitalized riverfront area stretches along the three Prague embankments: Rašín, Hořejší and Dvořák, almost 4 km in length. The completed first phase is Prague’s largest investment in public space after the revolution in 1989, the first of this kind, and with great sociocultural impact.

In 2019, after ten years of work, the architecture firm Petr Janda/Brainwork finished restoring part of the banks of the Vltava River. The idea was to revive social and cultural activity in the zone, which has been in disuse, abused as a parking lot, since the 2002 floods. These serve different purposes (bar, cafés, gallery, club, workshop, etc.) and every one of them maximizes contact with the Vltava.

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The coastal establishments have transparent glass doors in the shape of lenses, and the interior will house cafes, bars and the city library from November. Reconstruction of the embankment cost the city about 300 million crowns. The six vaults on the Rašín Embankment are built following the almost circular arc of the upper part of the existing openings. The design itself is based on a tiny intervention, which takes more than it adds and brings the existing quality back in a contemporary way, creating a unique situation and opportunity. The former stretch metal curtain wall and stone constructions built into the original bridge arches of the riverfront wall were knocked down and replaced with large-format glazed round windows that open by diagonal rotation inside the frame.

The six vaults on the Rašín Embankment are built following the almost circular arc of the upper part of the existing openings. The design itself is based on a tiny intervention, which takes more than it adds and brings the existing quality back in a contemporary way, creating a unique situation and opportunity. The former stretch metal curtain wall and stone constructions built into the original bridge arches of the riverfront wall were knocked down and replaced with large-format glazed round windows that open by diagonal rotation inside the frame.

The main idea of the design of the reconstruction of the dungeons was the simplest and cleanest possible connection of the inner and outer space. Visually and artistically, the most visible addition to the arched vault of the dungeons is large round windows, which function as revolving pivot doors. Because the windows will open in their entirety, according to architect Petr Janda, they could not be made by a regular line, but by a specialized company. A similar type is used, for example, for large saltwater aquariums.

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