Comprised of four underground and eight above-ground storeys, the Alpha is located in the most prominent position of the whole site, being clearly visible from both Prague’s trunk road (5. května St) and Vyskočilova St. Designed by architect Aulík (Studio A), the building is founded on piles and a raft, which merges into the cast-in-place reinforced concrete structure, with the casing made of glass and aluminium. The interior atrium creates pleasant and intimate atmosphere due to the generously glazed light well, which drops from the top through each of the storeys. The curved south-west façade has facilitated attachment of the exceptionally designed logo of the key tenant, Microsoft company, directly to the casing.
The interior layout is as flexible as possible to comply with a widest variety of requirements laid down by the prospective tenants. Incidentally, it is security that is above standard as well, with the building divided into several sectors and all the information analysed at the reception desk on the ground floor. The exit from the underground parking is possible in a lift, which links it with the ground storey, and then only through a turnstile to the bank of other lifts, which serve the upper storeys. Thus each of the tenants and visitors is recorded when going through the check-in facility.
The objects of interest that stick out a mile include a large atrium, with a negative pitch angle through all the levels. What is absolutely unique in Prague is the application of pre-oxidised titanium zinc for the curved south-west façade, as well as a roof garden with a terrace, a lot of quiet places, observation points and secluded spots with benches. The complex would include exotic woody plants, stylised little bridges made of African timber and stylised lighting. Wheelchair access is naturally available too.
The Alpha offers almost 13,000 sq m for lease, as well as 220 parking places.
The general contractor of the construction was HOCHTIEF company while the building work was supervised by EC Harris. The financing bank was HVB Bank – PASSERINVEST GROUP’s stable business partner in development of BB Centrum site.