PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Jean Nouvel´s attractive and daring vision of transformation of the Smíchov borough was initiated by the new geopolitical situation. Prague opens to the world and starts generating new strata while respecting the valuable historic continuity and adds to its collection of buildings. Zlatý Anděl – this is the resultant of an enormous will and effort of all the cooperating parties: the open-mined investor financially supporting a dateless project. The architect exerting the highest creative courage possible and at the same time acknowledging enormous humbleness. The main contractor capable of producing extraordinary output, if necessary. And eventually the society, a phenomenon everything begins with – it sets up requirements and conditions – and a piece of art integrates into. The final appearance of Andìl is a materialised symbolism of a figural motive. The High-Tech structural design is in symbiosis with the period poetics – emotions embraced by a hyperbolic paraboloid.
Offices and retail
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
The prize awarded by the magazine Stavitel / Builder for architectural detail
Title Building of the Year 2001
ING Real Estate Development CR
Prague, Czech Republic