The historic First Municipal Brewery in Prague-Holešovice – formerly dedicated to the storage of fermented beer – inspired CMC architects, who had already had the opportunity to work on the campus in 2008, in the realisation of an original open-space and, at the same time, introspective project for creative and modern housing in an industrial spirit. The converted building houses a total of forty flats, half of which are real industrial lofts in original storage cubicles, while six of them were built during the renovation of the front part of the building and fourteen are in the new addition towards the square.
The studio started with simple elements: just an exposed brick wall, a steel staircase, a steel bookcase, a concrete floor and a black ceiling.
The aim was to preserve the original spirit of the building and its industrial character, and to create a comfortable, modern space. The presence of raw materials has been maintained, leaving their structure exposed. There are no calculated expansion joints in the concrete floor, which is left to crack naturally. Electrical cables run exposed on the surfaces of the brick walls and end in black window frames. The living space is 6 metres high and is equipped with digital cinema technology. In the loft there are two bathrooms for two bedrooms. The loft is accessed through an atrium that allows outdoor seating, and there is another outdoor terrace next to the living room.