chapter  Case study 5
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Planet: two examples of sustainable solutions

(1) Amazon Court, Prague, a win–win solution; (2) IRENA HQ, Abu Dhabi, sustainability in a challenging climate
WithNick Nunnington

This chapter gives a brief overview of Estidama in, 'Planet'. It includes as a case study because it illustrates the importance of integrated design and the integration of sustainability by stakeholders across the whole development process. The Amazon Court building, as part of River City Prague (RCP), provides office premises and service-oriented retail premises on ground floor. These include a restaurant and cafeteria. Other services like post office, ATM and convenience store can be found in adjacent Danube House and Nile House. RCP is connected to existing Karlin urban area by a footbridge over Rohanske Nabrezi Street. The footbridge was built by developer together with first building of RCP. A new traffic light-controlled junction was incorporated to improve pedestrian safety and manage the traffic flow. The atrium roof is made of clear ethyltetrafluoroethylene foil (ETFE), the same material used in the Bird Nest stadium in Beijing, which complements natural ventilation system and replicates the aural characteristics of the city.