A Tour of Direct’s New Prague Office
Financial services company Direct hired architecture and interior design firm Capexus to design their new office in Prague, Czech Republic.
“This large project – which the new offices of Direct covering six floors of the building undoubtedly is – was an interesting challenge when it came to coordinating professions, project documentation and building modifications. Some activities are interwoven, others follow naturally from each other. The end result was the transformation of a crude building into a modern headquarters.
“Our design department is unique in that we design selected technologies, such as air-conditioning or health technology, in-house,” explains Ing. Michal Šimák, Head of Technical Design at CAPEXUS. “This equates to a better transfer of information here than when communicating with individual subcontractors as well as the elimination of potential errors. Due to the complexity of this project, we used this advantage to the utmost here. The biggest challenge was to fulfil a demanding data standard specification, but also thanks to this we deepened our knowledge and experience in BIM design issues.”
Direct decided to move out of the Old Brewery in Holešovice in order to connect all its companies to each other so that everyone from the Direct Family can work together on projects in an attractive and highly sustainable environment. Another motivation was sustainability and respect for nature. One of Direct’s values is “More with less”, which aims, among other things, at sustainability and environmental friendliness. The entire Port 7 site holds LEED and WELL certifications.
An inspiring space and good deeds are the foundation
A shared Direct plaza coworking zone was created on the ground floor with many corners, clever acoustics and a café for the Direct teams. The operator is the Mezi řádky café from the Etincelle group of social enterprises, which employs disabled people. “We needed an inspiring space where people could work well and think creatively,” said Fidoo CEO Petr Herzmann, describing the whole concept. “That’s why we conceived the entire project in such a way that the offices look more like a café or a pleasant home workspace.”
A cozy office
The other floors contain offices in which we emphasized cosiness. They feature stylish furniture, designer lights, living plants and curtains. The layout of each floor is adapted to the focus of individual teams. The open space is complemented by meeting rooms and zones for joint team sessions with atypical furniture. The offices are characterized by natural tones and carefully chosen combinations of materials.”
- Location: Prague, Czech Republic
- Date completed: 2023
- Design: Capexus