2008 FINALIST International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
PALLADIUM [PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC] LOCATED ON THE SITE OF AN OLD STABLE AND BARRACKS BUILDING, PALLADIUM PROVIDES AN EXCITING NEW SHOPPING ATTRACTION IN THE HISTORIC CITY OF PRAGUE. The design retains the architectural style of the site’s early structure and boasts a restored front façade. Portions of the original foundation, dating back to the 12th century, are incorporated into the architecture of the new 40,000-SM mall. RTKL, commissioned for interior and graphic design, developed a thematic concept that celebrates the history of the site by drawing on Prague’s rich tradition of music, theater and the arts. The word ‘Palladium’ itself creates connotations of a performance venue. To express this thematic idea in the project’s design, the team established a layout in which each floor functions as a stage showcasing its various retailers. Large, glass panels offer unobstructed views into the storefronts and throughout the lengthy corridors. A large steelframed, glass skylight running the length of the building provides abundant natural light to the space. In addition to more than 200 retailers, the complex boasts 18,500 SM of prime office space, 900 underground parking spaces and connections to adjacent Metro services.
Client European Property Group Services Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design, Environmental Graphic Design 72