RENOVATION OF THE ELECTRIC UTILITY BUILDING

project work: 2010-2019
2018-0

The functionalist building of former Electric Utility corporation in Prague-Holešovice was the most advanced office building in Europe in its time. Architects Adolf Beneš and Josef Kříž won the architectural competition for the building back then.

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The functionalist building of former Electric Utility corporation in Prague-Holešovice was the most advanced office building in Europe in its time. Architects Adolf Beneš and Josef Kříž won the architectural competition for the building back then. The construction began in 1930. The main building footprint is T-shaped; its central part is a monumental fifty-metre main nave surrounded with six-storey galleries. However, it could be made two storeys taller thanks to the strippable design of the top floor. It was commissioned in 1935 and it is a heritage structure today with numerous unique technical solutions. They include two paternoster elevators at the sides of the main staircase. The storeys are also linked with a cargo elevator with a capacity of 15 tonnes, designed for lorries, which was unparalleled at the time. The importance of the Electric Utility corporation was such that the building was painted black in the Second World War to prevent bomber pilots from seeing them.

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