Czech Architecture Awards 2024

The international jury panel gave an award to the Šlikova 16 reconstruction and extension project by Markéta Zdebská and Marek Žáček (BY architects), selecting it among the 31 nominated best projects out of the 308 submissions. More about the awards here.

Housing between contrasts

Selected magazine on the Šlikova 16 boutique residential project and its surrounding area. Read the article here.

Show flat

The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency presents a show flat in the Šlikova 16 project that reveals the potential of the interior layout and its variability. The two-bedroom apartment with a 63 sq. m. floor area comes with a 20 sq. m. terrace connected to a private 44 sq. m. garden. Browse through the homestaging photos in the gallery section.

Alex Shoots Buildings

The visual presentation of the Šlikova 16 project was created by the award-winning photographer Alexandra Timpau, who publishes her work under the moniker Alex Shoots Buildings. Her images of Břevnov can be seen HERE. The complete reconstruction and extension of the apartment building designed by BY architects was handled by Krostav.

Šlikova 16 has received final approval!

We are pleased to announce that the project was successfully completed and received final approval at the beginning of the year. The entire process went smoothly, and so 13 months from the first day of construction, the building was approved without delay. The beautifully designed boutique residential project is characterized by quality standards and meticulous craftsmanship.

Doors and fittings

Wooden doors are being installed in some apartments, bringing them closer to completion. Security entrance doors are coffered with profile frames. Double-wing doors with glass panels that open onto the living rooms reflect the building’s historic character, whereas doors with hidden frames, such as those in the bathrooms and toilets, are more modern elements. All of the doors and windows in the apartments and common areas are fitted with Timeless 1927 hardware by the Dutch brand Formani.

Wooden floors and a electrical elements

In the last phase of the work, quality wooden floors by the Finnish manufacturer Boen have been laid. To emphasize the elegant air of the rooms, architects have selected them in a classic tree pattern. The apartments are simultaneously being fitted with electrical elements (sockets, switches, data sockets, etc.) by the leading German supplier Jung. Modern wireless video door phones will elevate the level of comfort and security of the residents.

Wall and floor tiles

In the building’s common areas, historic style ceramic tiles are being laid; in the apartments, bathrooms are being tiled with designer hexagonal WOW tiles, which will be followed by the installation of taps and sanitary ware (sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, taps wherever required).

Terraces completed

Following the construction of the elevator shaft and the reconstruction of the courtyard façade, the steel structure of the terraces and boarding bridges for the elevator entrances was installed in accordance with the reconstruction schedule. Smaller flats (1bdrm) have terraces of 3 m2, future owners of larger flats (2bdrm) can enjoy spacious terraces of more than 8 m2.

Network installations

After the construction of all internal partitions and the completion of new installations for heating, hot and cold water, sewerage, windows and balcony doors, the plastering is being finished in the individual apartments.

Street Facade Now Complete

The historic facade is finished and the street-facing part of the building on Šlikova Street boasts a new appearance. Work is now concentrating on the courtyard section, where the terraces are being added to each of the ten apartments. On viewings, clients can soon fully take in interiors connected to the exterior, exceptional views, and bright & airy units.

Facades revitalized

Work is currently underway to carefully repair the street and courtyard-facing facades, including on the original stucco ornaments. After a color survey of the historic layers and in cooperation with the architects, the shade NCS S 1505-Y30R was selected for the facades.

Work on the walls between apartments

The complete reconstruction of the building continues this month with the bricking of the walls between the apartments and adding partition walls within the apartments on individual floors. The future apartments are now gradually taking shape.

Wooden replicas by Antikhaus

Replicas of the original windows and entrance doors for Šlikova 16 are provided by Antikhaus, a high-end custom joinery company that specializes in historic buildings. Their work is featured in Prague’s Loreta, Mozarteum, the town hall in Liberec, and in many prestigious commissions abroad such as the Swiss parliament in Bern, the Palace of Justice in Stuttgart, or the Palazzo Marenzi in Trieste.

BY architects about the Šlikova 16 project

Prague’s Břevnov neighborhood is a unique district in many ways. For one, it’s within easy reach of the bustling city center and main tourist attractions, and two, it’s a friendly place where neighbors know each other by name and children can safely play outside. The buildings and houses are maintained at a liveable scale, the blocks are full of small shops, and only the occasional tram jingle reminds you that, a few stops away, you can reach a vibrant big city. One of these local buildings is the boutique Šlikova 16 residence, an inconspicuous jewel with an understated facade. Architects Markéta Zdebská and Marek Žáček from BY architects define what HOME means to them through architecture in Selected Magazine.

Ceiling reconstruction

The building’s complete reconstruction continues with the careful revitalization of the ceilings on all floors. The ceilings were first removed including the backfill, the beams were cleaned, chemically treated, and reinforced with add-ons or replaced with new beams and steel girders.

The sale of apartments launched!

The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has launched the sale of the apartments in the boutique Šlikova 16 residential project. Ten modern units with practical one-bedroom and two-bedroom layouts, perfect as a primary home or as a long-term investment, will be built in this completely reconstructed building from the early 20th century.

Lower Part of the Building Insulated

Preparation work continues with the careful insulation of the lower part of the apartment building. By excavating the sidewalk in front of the building, boreholes were dug and walls were waterproofed to ensure the optimal well-being of the residents.

Modern elevators by Schindler

Swiss quality and elegance is brought to Šlikova 16 by the Schindler company, which was selected to be the elevator supplier in the tender process. The Schindler 1000 series is part of a new modular elevator platform and is equipped with innovative regenerative drive technology, which, compared to conventional systems, allows energy consumption to be reduced by 30%.

Svoboda & Williams for Šlikova 16

The developer gave the renowned SVOBODA & WILLIAMS real estate agency, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, the exclusive right to sell the apartments in Šlikova 16. The agency offers comprehensive services for the sale, acquisition, and rental of high-end real estate and is the recipient of many prestigious awards.

Preparations for reconstruction underway

Detailed building surveys and verification probes started off the preparations for the reconstruction of the Šlikova 16 building and will be followed by preparatory construction. An apartment building from 1909 until the 1980s, it was then used as offices until the present day. The planned reconstruction will thus restore it to its original purpose.

Protection of Historic Features

Before reconstruction work could begin, the construction company carefully covered all of the original elements of the building, such as banisters and the stone staircase, which will be repaired and restored.

Krostav in Břevnov

The general contractor of the boutique Šlikova 16 residential project will be the Krostav s.r.o. construction company, which won the tender. Experienced specialists in reconstruction, they have been involved in successful heritage building revitalization and modification projects, such as the Faust House, the Kramář Villa, the Straka Academy in Prague, or the Beneš Villa in Sezimovo Ústí.

Šlikova 16 BY architects

The developer of Šlikova 16 commissioned the BY architects studio to design the project, and the architects MgA. Markéta Zdebská and Ing. arch. Marek Žáček are the team involved in the plans. This studio has been active for over 15 years and has won awards in prestigious competitions such as the Czech Architecture Awards or Interior of the Year.