LEED Platinum Building Being Built In Prague

The New York City-based architecture firm of Richard Meier & Partners is making quite a name for itself in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where construction has begun on the firm’s third building designed for the masterplan of Prague 4- Pankrác that began almost a decade ago.

The architectural plans for the City Green Court building, according to World Interior Design Network, were modified and re-designed to suit the green predilections of its new owner, Skanska, which wanted the building to achieve the highest level of LEED certification. Having already achieved LEED Platinum Pre-certification for the City Green Court, it would appear the company’s goal has been met.

City Green Court

image via Inhabitat

According to Inhabitat, the eight-story building achieved this impressive certification, in part, for its use of natural ventilation, state-of-the-art mechanical systems, reduction and reuse of stormwater runoff, indoor air quality control, green roof, and use of local and recycled construction materials. A central design feature is its light-filled, multi-storey atrium, with a black olive tree planted in the center, surrounded by ivy-covered living walls.

Equally striking for those viewing the building from the outside is the array of vertical panels with fins angled according to the sun’s orientation integrated into the curtain wall. These fins–in tune with the overall Czech Cubist aesthetic that characterizes much of the block–emerge from both the south and west facades and work to minimize solar heat gain and provide shade for the building without impacting daylight and views from within.

Construction is expected to reach completion by 2012.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.