Saturday, 20 November 2010

Rezidence Havlíčkovy Sady

These striking new apartments with their cantilevered balconies and offset windows are highly successful in their aim of disrupting the monotonous straight lines associated with the more traditional panelak-style architecture so beloved of the former regime.

The resulting organic shapes also provide an aesthetic link between the functional aspect of the area to the south  -  bordered by the railway and the busy dual carriageway of Vršovická - and the view to the north, overlooking the greenery of Havlíčkovy Sady with the delightful prospect of the Grébovka and its steep vineyards rising up from the Botič valley.

The residences, built in 2005, are part of a broader complex which also contains a state-of-the-art gym, tennis courts, supermarket and the gastronomic pleasures of the Park Restaurant - owned by the same group who run the Bodeguita del Medio Cuban restaurant in Prague's Old Town, and soon to be featured in these pages; in the meantime you can read a splendid review of their menu here.

A small footbridge leads over the stream into leafy Vinohrady, where a short walk brings you to the park and its Vineyard Gazebo.

3 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

They are really lovely, contemporary residences! I guess they come with a BIG pricetag, too!

Alex Went said...

Hi Leif. There's a range of flats - two to five rooms - which at the time (2005) were selling, I believe, for between the equivalent of €120,000 and €500,000. Obviously you'd want the view over the park!

Kunal Bhatia said...

those cantilevered balconies cast some interesting shadows indeed.
- Mindless Mumbai

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