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Palác Špork

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Office space to rent:
+420 242 434 200, info@sebre.cz

Location

Palác Špork lies in Prague’s city-centre, not far from the Powder Tower and Municipal House. It connects Hybernská Street and V Celnici Street, but is pleasantly offset from the main tourist zone. Hybernská Street connects to the Na Příkopě pedestrian area and with it an area with a range of excellent restaurants, cafés, shops and shopping centres. Literally around the corner from Palác Špork are the Náměstí Republiky metro station, a tram stop and Masaryk Railway Station, which offers easy connections to the farthest reaches of Prague. A great advantage of the location is easy accessibility by car and a direct connection to the Prague Inner Ring.

The story of Palác Špork

Palác Špork has in its DNA a story dating back several centuries. Only the frontage remains of the original baroque palác following structural modifications at the beginning of the 20th century, when the new Anglobanka building complex was built behind it (photo 01) (+)(×). Its main building was designed by prominent Czech architect Josef Gočár. After 1948, the palác was nationalised and the entire interior was gradually engulfed by layers of poorly conceived, insensitive modifications (+)(×).

The original Sweerts-Palác Špork was built at the end of the 18th century by Antonín Haffenecker, author of the Estates Theatre, and soon thereafter was modified by Johann Ignaz Palliardi. In the 1920s, the palace underwent a fundamental transformation – architects Bohumír Kozák and Karl Jaray undertook the construction of two new Anglobanka buildings in the courtyard behind the original palace in the direction of V Celnici Street. After the planned demolition of the baroque palace with its entrance from Hybernská Street, the bank’s main building was erected on this site retaining the original frontage.

The complex was nationalised in 1948. In the second half of the 1960s, it was used by the Centre for the Development of Roads and Motorways, and until 2012 the building was owned by Czech Railways.

Project and approach

We will let more light into the original palace and allow it to breathe. Office space will be revived on individual floors (photos 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07), top-notch restaurants will open on the ground floor, and a rooftop terrace will be built with a view of the roofs of Prague’s Old Town (photos 08, 09). Our goal with the new project is to return to the essence of the palace – we will preserve Gočár’s high-quality work and showcase it, and we will develop the building and its surroundings with modifications that are both sensible and sensitive. We will clean up original elements, and direct everything new towards maximum simplicity and contemporaneity so that a pleasant tension emerges between the historical and the modern. Among other things, we will restore valuable wallpapers, artificial marble, period tile, and fittings dating from the First Czechoslovak Republic. We will uncover concrete ceilings and columns, adding generous glass dividing areas and perspectives. Technical amenities meeting the highest requirements of modern construction are a matter of course (photos 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).

Technical Amenities

There will be easy access to Palác Špork from Hybernská Street as well as from V Celnici Street (photos 16, 17, 18). All modifications to Palác Špork’s surroundings will also be a great benefit to the forgotten corner of Republic Square (Náměstí Republiky), which is immediately adjacent to it (photo 19)

  • 2 entrances to the building through representative reception
    areas from V Celnici Street and Hybernská Street
  • variable spaces with the possibility of open layouts or modular
    divisions per the occupant’s individual requirements
  • clearance height 3.00 m
  • hollow-core floors with integrated floor boxes
  • sprinklers (SHZ)
  • electronic fire alarm system (EPS)
  • suspended ceiling LED fixtures
  • cast-iron radiators with remote-control thermostat valves
  • radiant ceiling cooling system embedded in the plaster
  • forced ventilation with the possibility of natural ventilation through windows
  • interior casement blinds on the east, south and west façades
  • all systems ensuring the quality of the interior environment
    controlled by a measurement and regulation system (MaR)
  • connection to an optical cable – data connectivity
    by land and air
  • diesel-powered reserve electrical generator
  • artfully conceived WC spaces (foto 20, 21, 22)
  • access control system (ACS)
  • security camera system (CCTV)
  • electronic security signalisation (EZS)
  • intercom (DT)
  • separate entrances to office areas from
    Hybernská Street and V Celnici Street
  • 4 passenger lifts
  • 2 freight elevators
  • wheelchair accessibility
  • 2 restaurants right in the building