Jaroslav Wertig: Yearbook Czech architecture 2002-2003

 


RECORDING STUDIO IN PRAGUE



  • ADRESA - ADDRESS Ostrovní 30, Praha 2-Nové Město
  • AUTOŘI - DESIGNERS Michal Froněk, Jan Němeček, Jan Rosický – Studio Olgoj chorchoj (Praha)
  • SPOLUPRÁCE Tereza Froňková, Barbora Vlčková
  • INVESTOR Soundsquare, a. s.
  • NÁKLADY - COSTS 25 mil. Kč
  • ZASTAVĚNÁ PLOCHA - 972 m2
  • OBESTAVĚNÝ PROSTOR - CUBICAL CONTENT 3360 m3
  • HLAVNÍ DODAVATEL - GENERAL CONTRACTOR Libor Maleček – Lima Interier, Praha
  • PROJEKT - DESIGN 2002
  • REALIZACE - CONSTRUCTION 2002-2003

The premises of a former printing house from the 1930’s, designed by Alois Dryák, are hidden from view of passers-by in the rear tract of the second inner courtyard in Ostrovní Street. The purity and rationality of the ferroconcrete skeleton with trussed ceilings played a determining role in the conversion project into recording studios. The individual elements – the director’s booth, moderators‘ rooms, transcription room, glass partition, reception area, conference rooms – are “inserted” into the space and deliberately minimized in response to the original areas. The choice of materials and surface treatments was also derived from the original industrial purpose of the building - concrete on the floor and walls, colored stuccos, raw steel, fluorescent lamps. The color schemes are to accentuate the individual elements: the transcription room and technological center – dark red; the two recording units – ”blue and green”. The graphic rendition of glass elements forms an integral part of the interior.

The recording premises are programmatically atypical; therefore, it was not possible to rely on common conceptual designs typical with designers and contractors. Most of the typological and technical principles emerged from direct requirements and needs of the sound technician. There was not only the rather complicated acoustics of the recording units, but also the air-conditioning installations in the studios and the overall electrical installations, with collision-free operative requirements for the low and high voltage equipment.

An additional studio is planned on the third floor and, after the second underground floor is vacated, to install a mixing hall for film sound.



 


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