Nile House

Photos: Vladimír Lacena (OHP), Zdeněk Sluka

Address: Karolinská 654/2, Praha 8
Year: 2005
Architects: studio Kohn Pedersen Fox

The Nile House was the second project (after the Danube House) to be completed during the construction of River City Prague on Rohan Island. Similar to the other construction projects, it bears the name of one of the world’s rivers. Work began in February of 2004 and the building was officially opened in under two years. This is a unique project consisting of low-energy buildings, high-quality materials, and an emphasis on the lowest heat loss or, conversely, the highest heat accumulation. The flood ventilation system allows air exchange in office spaces four times an hour, which is several times higher than what is the usual in conventional buildings. The Nile House is made out of green Brazilian granite, supplemented with glass elements. The other buildings of the project – the Danube House, Amazon Court and River Diamond – are connected to a tunnel, serving as a form of underground communication. The dominant element of the atrium is a spiral staircase, bringing a dynamic element while contrasting the straight lines of the atrium structure. The building holds offices and commercial spaces.

The Nile House has won several awards, including the LEED Platinum certification, and others. It is internationally recognized as a standard for design, construction, and an operation of an environmentally friendly and sustainable building.