Palác Dunaj was designed by German architect Adolf Foehr, located near the Moldova river, the Charles bridge, the National Theatre and the Old Town Square. It was built from1928 to1930 between Národní Street and Voršilská Street to host the offices of the Dunaj insurance company. It is a non-listed six-storey rationalist building with a central courtyard and a strong presence in the centre of Prague. It is part of a historical area that in the recent years saw the addition of a contemporary building - the Palác Národní.
It is incredibly well connected with the other parts of Prague: in a 3-minute walk, it is possible to find a metro line, numerous stops of a dense public transport network as well as a multilevel garage for 200 cars under the National Theatre.
Thanks to the inner flexibility of the building due to its load-bearing structure with reinforced concrete that created almost completely open plans, the Palác Dunaj can be a new multifunctional complex in which residential, retail and office spaces come together as autonomous but connected parts, with solutions respectful to the building that can easily adapt to client requests as well as the real estate context in the present and the future.
The organization of the new Palác Dunaj was inspired by the building’s external structure. While creating a compact three-level underground garage, the project restudies the access points and the internal disposition, maintaining and enhancing the existing entrances and creating new ones.
The new internal courtyard, once covered by a transparent glass roof, is now enclosed with a new structure that creates an elevated access to the less accessible back of the building. The new courtyard becomes the central element of a transformation that places commercial activities on the ground level and the first floor (the first block) . Third and fifth floors (corresponding to the second block) are occupied by offices, while the sixth (the third and rear block) hosts a boarding house complementary to the offices, with suites of different sizes and private outdoor areas.
The new translucent attic, enclosed by a glass envelope, contains a prestigious event location which includes a restaurant, a lounge bar, and large panoramic open areas looking to the astonishing skyline of the Prague city center.