The Fragment rental housing project is emerging in Karlín and will be “supported” by three torsos and one larger-than-life figure designed by Czech artist David Černý.
So far, Černý has installed the foot and hand of one of the giants. The largest figure, which is roughly 25 meters tall, will be assembled in Černý’s studio and attached to the building in its entirety.
Construction of the apartment building should be completed by the end of this year.
The appearance of the building refers back to Invalidovna’s original purpose and builds an imaginary bridge between history and the present as it evokes a reclining figure being taken care of by David Černý’s grand sculptures.
The shape of the apartments’ rooms will mirror the repeating modules that the building is made up of, which create a fragmented impression when seen from afar.
The Fragment: A residential building conceived as a work of art
Investor, developer, and builder of the project is the Trigema Group. Its final appearance is the result of Trigema’s collaboration with the architects David Wittassek and Jiří Řezák from the prestigious Qarta architektura studio and well-known artist David Černý whose giant sculptures will give Fragment a distinctive character.
“Our ambition was to bring the creative connection between quality architecture and contemporary art into the Fragment project in order to return Prague to the forefront of modern construction. We enjoy working on buildings that reflect our bold visions of the future. We want to construct something beautiful, functional, and useful, but a little bit provocative as well,” says Marcel Soural, Chairman of the Board at Trigema.
Fragment will feature rental housing, shops, and services. It will offer 140 distinctively designed and fully furnished apartments for rent with layouts from studios to spacious duplex penthouse units with rooftop terraces and views of the Prague Castle.
The building’s technical facilities include heat pumps, a system of ceiling heating and cooling, green roofs, automatic window shading, charging stations for electric cars, a photovoltaic power station, and a smart home control system in each unit. Fragment will therefore be an economical and energy-efficient building.