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He Designs the Nation’s Best Offices – But He Lives Among the Hills

Jan Kurz and his wife Zuzana founded KURZ Architects studio three years ago, after finishing their degrees. They design houses and commercial spaces that have won awards in competitions assessing the leading edge in Czech office design. The pair themselves, meanwhile, have “escaped” the city and live in solitude among the Novohradské hills.

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The Office of the Future? Programmers, Computers, and a Wrapped in a Forest

Architect Pavel Kříž created offices for Petr Rokůsek’s companies that won awards in both domestic competitions that assess the interiors of working spaces. When you ride up to the sixth floor of the new DRN building on Národní třída in the center of Prague, you’re entering a forest, where the businessmen and programmers of Nano Energies are hard at work.

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The Office Buzz: Get Your Own Workplace Bees

In the last few years, beekeeping in the Czech Republic has become a fashionable affair—one that’s flown in from the countryside to Prague. You can find hives on the balconies of apartment buildings and the roofs of banks, hotels, and shopping centers. They’re keeping bees on the roof of the National Theater, and a “smart” hive will be installed above the offices of the Praga Studios administrative building in Karlín.

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A Virtual Tour Through the Best Innovative Green Building

Enter the mixed-use development of two 30-storey blocks of offices and two 34-storey blocks of luxury residences on top of a four-storey retail block, and you’ll find a lush tropical biodiversity garden. Enter the Marina One complex in Singapore, which has received the MIPIM 2018 award for Best Innovative Green Building.

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