The Flow Building in Prague awarded BREEAM “Outstanding”

The Flow Building in Prague has become the first building in the Czech Republic to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating, the highest BREEAM rating under the latest version of the BREEAM International New Construction scheme.

This landmark development, designed by Chapman Taylor’s Prague studio, is located on a prominent corner site in Wenceslas Square, which is part of the historic centre of Prague, a World Heritage Site famous for its traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations and other public gatherings.

Separate ’Outstanding’ certificates were awarded for both the office and retail components of the development, which provides seven floors of prestigious office space, three levels of flagship retail and two basement levels of parking.

Key sustainability features include significant reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions, water savings, superb access to public transport, inclusive and accessible design throughout, flexible floorplates, 56 electric vehicle charging stations, cycle storage and cyclist changing facilities, high levels of natural daylight in office areas, automatic external façade shading to reduce heat gains and internal blinds to provide glare control.

The building uses intelligent, integrated building technical systems to help ensure high standards of user comfort, a healthy indoor environment, long-term cost savings for tenants and significantly reduced overall environmental impacts. Heating and cooling are achieved via air source heat pumps feeding a VRV-based HVAC system.

In addition, The FLOW Zone community space on the roof terrace provides all tenants with an attractive and relaxing space in which to work, socialise or recharge while in taking in the stunning views over the city.

Designed and developed to respect the urban, historical and social significance of such a prominent location, the use of a 3-D curved glass facade system is a first for the Czech Republic.

See http://www.theflowbuilding.cz/ for more information.

Jon Hale (BA (Hons) Dip Arch ARB ČKA)

Group Board Director, Prague

Jon heads up Chapman Taylor's business in the Central Eastern Europe (CEE) region, leading on the design and implementation of projects in the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Ukraine.

Based in Prague since 1991, Jon joined Chapman Taylor in London in 1997 and joined the Group Board in 2020. His knowledge of the CEE markets and his leadership have helped our Prague studio become one of the leading architects of commercial buildings in the region. The Prague team is dedicated to delivering high-quality architecture to clients in the CEE region with an emphasis on sustainability and commercial success.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Office / Residential

Jan Pokorny (Ing Arch)

Associate Director, Prague

Jan has extensive design experience and has worked on many projects in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Switzerland.

His primary strength is in conceptual design and development, and he is able to use his excellent free-hand sketching and rendering skills to great effect.

Jan joined Chapman Taylor’s Prague studio in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Director in 2017.

Areas of expertise:

Conceptual design / Residential / Retail / Office / Hotel

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