Explore a new Karlín apartment complex that's a work of art inside and out

One of Prague’s most vibrant districts has a new premium rental project that incorporates giant sculptures by famous artist David Černý.

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston Published on 28.02.2023 17:00:00 (updated on 01.03.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

Fragment, a premium rental housing project set in Prague’s vibrant Karlín district, offers 140 fully furnished designer rental apartments, where all you have to do is take your personal belongings and live.

Fragment also includes the possibility to order tenant services such as cleaning, repairs, parcel delivery, and a fitness club. The architecturally exceptional building was built by the Trigema investment group, architecture studio Qarta, and the renowned Czech sculptor David Černý.

The unique, new complex blends modern engineering, architecture, and art to create an original, beautiful, and utilitarian building. All of Fragment’s 140 rental apartments are fully furnished with designer furniture, including kitchens and appliances, making the apartments ready for immediate occupancy.

Apartments have all layouts from one bedroom to generous duplexes with private roof terraces. The captivating atmosphere will be complemented by design-ready apartment interiors with high-standard technological equipment. Relaxation from big city life is guaranteed by the surrounding greenery, which includes a quiet zone. The new complex also includes 119 parking spaces in underground garages, and the complete offer is already available exclusively via the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency.

In addition to designer apartments, rental housing in Fragment promises complete comfort and carefree living. Not only will tenants be able to take advantage of reception and building management services, but Fragment also promises to take care of other needs such as routine maintenance, major repairs, cleaning, and even parcel delivery for a fee.

The cozy and captivating ground floor will offer a mix of shops and services that will serve not only Fragment and its residents but also the surrounding neighborhood. For example, there is The Miners café with a bakery, a Next Move fitness club, a restaurant, bistro, drugstore, and much more. In total, there is a commercial area of 2,350 square meters.

The entire building will have a common central reception that will be available to all residents, and each part of the residence will have its own representative lobby. An integral part of the entire complex will be the surrounding natural relaxation zone with abundant greenery and water features.

The Fragment rental housing project stands out not only for its architecture and services but also for its sophisticated layout and technological equipment. The technologies used include ground-to-water heat pumps with a system of 30 geothermal boreholes that are 180 meters deep, air conditioning with heat recovery, filtration of incoming air with humidity and temperature treatment, heating and cooling of the apartments using activated ceilings, use of well and rainwater to cover operational consumption such as flushing toilets and watering the greenery, and smart control of each apartment unit.

The equipment of all apartments will include the Smart home system from Loxone, which, among other things, controls thermal comfort, ventilation intensity, and window blinds according to instructions from the weather station.

The new Fragment complex goes beyond residential housing to become a distinctive work of art and a residential applied art project.

The form of Fragment respects the Karlin location in which the building is set and further develops its story. Directly opposite is the historic Invalidovna building, one of the most important buildings by the leading Czech Baroque architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer. It served as a resting place for war veterans.

Fragment pays tribute to it not only by its form, when from above it resembles a reclining figure but also by its large sculptures. Artist David Černý was inspired by Invalidovna and symbolically transferred images from there to Fragment’s exterior in the form of large-scale sculptures. In addition, the entire building will be supported by a 28-meter high statue of a girl who is supposed to symbolize mutual human belonging and support, and who will support Fragment with her breasts.

In its concept, Fragment reflects fragments of time and the connection between present, past, and future; fragments of the lives of its inhabitants, and fragments of art. Fragment's facade is created in the same manner, and consists of unconventional dispersed surfaces of modular blocks or fragments that are then layered into a functional structure, fitting into a compact whole. Symbolically, this paraphrases the multilayered nature of life, which consists of an infinite number of smaller parts, fragments, from minute experiences to formative ones.

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