Already in a month, on 23 and 24 October, the cells located on Prague’s riverbank at Rašínovo and Hořejší embankment will open to the general public. Thanks to the reconstructed cells, the embankment will be lively and full of people all year round. What do they look like, what will they have to offer, who's behind their unique design? LP-Life.cz brings you exclusive answers to these questions.
What definitely makes an immense impression are the giant glass windows manufactured by the American company Reynolds in Thailand, from where they were transported to Prague on a ship. The "lenses" open on the principle of rotating windows. They weigh 2.1 and 2.5 tons and measure 5,4 meters at their widest point. Not only the entrance door, but also the whole interior of the cells on Hořejší and Rašínovo embankments has a distinctive appearance, toilets and metal bars included. Speaking about unconventional elements that can be found in the reconstructed cells, we should definitely mention the plumbing and blacksmith work, created by sculptor Lukáš Rais based on the design by Petr Janda and the Brainwork studio. All the cells are equipped with a cleverly concealed internal control system, air conditioning, underfloor heating, infrared heaters and flood protection. The interior of one cell is 60 m2 large. Each cell boasts a specific interior featuring arched vaults, which is sure to impress you. Here, architects and designers were given the opportunity to unleash their imagination. Special attention deserves to be paid to the hypermodern toilets - as you enter, you feel like you've just walked into a futuristic space ship.
Once the recostruction has been completed, Prague will be able to boast twenty atypical cells. Eleven of them will belong to current tenants, namely the companies Bajkazyl, Zyos or Prague Steamboat Company, and two cells to the (A)VOID Gallery. The premises on Hořejší nábřeží will be used for example by Alja s.r.o. or Calm Down Production. Seven cells will newly house non-traditional spaces of Tiskárna na vzduchu, Cibulák Café, DIY workshop, Šafy Production and Municipal Library in Prague. Two cells are still waiting for their lucky owners and the last two will be turned into public toilets. Are you asking how much did it all cost?? The reconstruction, including the complete networking of Hořejší embankment with engineering networks, cost 147 million crowns.
Other modern buildings are in the planning stage. Floating spas, a terminal and possibly even floating toilets will soon be on the agenda. Such luxury is definitely something to look forward to!