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A giant shipwreck sculpture highlights the proposal for Prague’s tallest building

Sculptor David Černý and architect Tomáš Císař from the studio Black n´ Arch designed the project.

October 07, 2019 |
Top Tower as seen from the street

All renderings courtesy Trigema

At approximately 443-feet-tall, Top Tower would become the tallest building in Prague. And while, especially in today’s world of Supertalls closing in on 2,000 feet, the height may not seem too impressive, another element of the proposed building would serve to make it one of the most unique buildings in the world: a giant sculpture of a shipwreck that rises the length of the building (and beyond).

Designed by sculptor David Černý and architect Tomáš Císař from the studio Black n´ Arch for developer Trigema, Top Tower looks like it would be more at home in the world of Mad Max than Prague’s new pedestrian zone. The LEED Gold targeted building will feature rental housing with offices on the lower floors. Retail shops will be located on the first and second floors with public parking underground. A multifunctional cultural center connects to a publicly accessible roof garden.


Top Tower propeller sculpture


The shipwreck sculpture is meant as a warning to unchecked climate change, evoking a vision of a post-apocalyptic future. The bright red sculpture rises vertically with the building, culminating just above the roof garden. Here, accessible by ski lift, the sculpture becomes the tallest viewing deck in Prague, providing views of nearly the entire perimeter of the City.


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Top Tower viewing deck


Top Tower also includes the revitalization of the public pedestrian zone between the entrances and exits of the Nové Butovice metro station. Trigema is hoping to begin construction on the tower in 2021 and expects construction to take fewer than three years.


Top Tower sculpture at night


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