General Financial Directorate
The aim of the architecture competition was to revamp the existing building of the General Financial Directorate and complete its premises at Příkop 25 in the city of Brno. From the beginning, we took an approach that looked at the premises and the building on a wider scale of the city. Rather than the premises of the GFD, we were primarily interested in their context – the urban block of which the existing GFD building is a part. The most important quality of the proposal was therefore encoded directly in the competition brief, which was an opportunity to densify the wider city centre. The office building remains a part of the vibrant centre, and its extension creates a new opportunity to work with the urban inner courtyard. We believe cities today still have a lot of room to grow – in, not out.