26. November 2021
Almost a year after launching its online magazine, Selected, Svoboda & Williams has now published its first printed special. The issue is dedicated to the various ways of achieving mindfulness and joy. To celebrate its release, a gala evening of art and fragrance was held on Thursday November 25th at the studio of artist Lucie Jindrák Skřivánková.
The first printed special issue of Selected was produced in close cooperation between Svoboda & Williams’ marketing team and the magazine’s editor-in-chief Tomáš Otta. “One of the first goals we set before we launched the Selected online magazine was to put out a print version once a year. We didn’t want to publish a boring corporate magazine full of hot air, but did our best to create truly interesting content, both in its written as well as visual form,” explains Otta. Natálie Bartošová, who was in charge of the marketing activities associated with the project, adds: “We wanted the printed version of Selected to be elegant and modern at the same time and for its content to revolve around portraits of interesting people.”
The aforementioned visual side of the magazine was elevated to another level by the important contemporary Czech artist Lucie Jindrák Skřivánková, who painted the artwork used for the cover especially for Selected. “I created the painting while thinking about the beauty of life, happiness, and nature in bloom. While painting, I listened to my favorite song, Stand on the Word by Keedz, which always makes me dance. I also named the painting after it. The song is about a love that is solid as a rock and so nothing can destroy it. Yellow is the dominant color of the painting and the whole composition floats and dances, there is a lightness and playfulness to it. These are the things that make life lighter, but fuller at the same time,” says the artist.
The celebration of the publication of the first printed edition of the magazine was held on November 25th at Lucie Jindrák Skřivánková’s studio. The event was organized by Svoboda & Williams and Studio Visit, while the artwork and the home fragrances by Pigmentarium created an unforgettable atmosphere.
25. November 2021
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency was the winner of the Best Local Real Estate Agency category at this year’s 21th annual CIJ Awards Czech Republic.
Seventy-three companies, people, projects, transactions, and campaigns competed in 22 categories at this year’s CIJ Awards. The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency defended its title as Best Local Real Estate Agency. “We very much appreciate this award as it validates the continuing quality of the services we provide for our clients. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for us as well as the entire Svoboda & Williams team,” stated Prokop Svoboda, Managing Partner at Svoboda & Williams, upon winning the award.
The longest running real estate competition in the country, the CIJ Awards Czech Republic are presented annually by Roberts Publishing Media Group, s. r. o., a publisher of print and online news focused on the real estate segment in Central and Southeast Europe.
22. November 2021
This year, the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency again gifted the Wetlands Association with a financial donation. This nature conservancy association has long been involved in implementing measures that improve soil water retention, help maintain the water cycle, and support endangered species.
“The donation will be used for all the necessary work that needs to be done on the wetlands in the Jihlava area, especially around the Lesnovské wetlands and the Popický, Měšín, Ochoz, and Mukařka ponds. Thanks to this generous gift, we will be able to excavate and restore the pools, repair the ponds’ banks, prune the trees, and revitalize the natural water maintenance capabilities,” says Jaromír Maštera, chairman of the Wetlands Association.
Regular support for the Wetlands Association is one of the environmental initiatives that Svoboda & Williams has been involved in recently. The company has also participated in the protection of the Střední Poohří region through its partnership with the Zamenis association. Its cooperation with the Wetlands Association will create a functioning wetland habitat in the South Bohemian Region.
16. November 2021
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has launched the sale of the fourteen houses in the Přístav project that are swiftly emerging by a quiet bay of the Orlík Reservoir. James Cutler from the famous Cutler Anderson Architects studio designed the individual houses, which blend seamlessly with the surrounding landscape thanks to his wholly unique approach.
From the very beginning, the investor’s intention was to create a project in a novel architectural style with an exclusive location by a body of water. Přístav is a peaceful home away from home for those with rarefied tastes who will appreciate the undiluted charm of the scenery where the forest meets the water. This is exactly what the renowned Cutler Anderson Architects studio has accomplished, setting the benchmark for environmentally-friendly construction. Future owners will be able to use the private pier for their boats, a pure connection to the element of water.
James Cutler was inspired by the sloping terrain of the location and designed the houses with it in mind, both from an aesthetic as well as a formal perspective. The back part of each house will be recessed into the ground, which will significantly improve their insulation properties. “The Orlík Reservoir is the central motif that I’ve been working with since the initial designs for this project. All of the houses in the Přístav development will be connected to the lake that stretches out directly beneath them. From above they look like a bunch of little cabins lined up almost like the haystacks in the famous Monet painting. Nestled into a sunny hillside, the view of these haystacks will change throughout the day as the sun’s natural light shifts over the landscape,” explains James Cutler from Cutler Anderson Architects.
In terms of their interiors, the houses in the Přístav project at first glance stand apart from the usual housing standards. Their unique atmosphere is created by the use of Douglas fir wood, which is rare in the Czech Republic but grows in the area around the Orlík Dam. James Cutler comes from America's Midwest where this tree grows in abundance, and he has learned to work with it over the years. It's thus a welcome link to the environment that nurtured his approach to architecture. Other predominant materials will be concrete and natural stone. The charm of the interiors rests mainly in the interplay between these fine and coarse textures. The top of each house will be protected by natural high-strength steel covered by greenery, which will also contribute to a pleasant indoor temperature no matter the season. Thanks to their large glazed facades, the boundary between the exterior and the interior will be almost erased, something that is increasingly sought-after today.
The houses will be offered in two different layouts—two-bedroom and three-bedroom. All of them will be completed and offered in a finished state that includes final surfaces and terraces smoothly connected to the garden. Garages will be part of the top section of each house, allowing for easy access to the interior. The first seven houses in the Přístav project will be move-in ready at end of the year.
More information about the Přístav project.
15. November 2021
The successful Na Pramenech residential project is entering the next phase, i.e., the sale of the two semi-detached houses with the most generous floor areas and layouts. The houses in the first three phases are partially completed and fully sold out and the first residents of the complex have already moved in.
The fourth phase of the Na Pramenech residential project, which is currently under construction, will consist of houses with three-bedroom and four-bedroom layouts with the possibility of individual modification to five-bedroom. Their great advantage is their location in the eastern part of the complex near a grassy area, and so future owners can be assured that no further construction will be carried out in the immediate vicinity of their homes. They will also have pleasant views of the greenery and a high level of privacy.
“The Na Pramenech project is in high demand. We have been gradually selling the houses in it in three phases since March of last year and they are already completely sold out. Prospective buyers of the houses that are currently being added to our offer therefore have the opportunity to move into a quiet, fully occupied residential neighborhood,” adds Vanda Böhmová, real estate agent at Svoboda & Williams.
After the houses in the fourth phases are built, a nursery school will be constructed in the complex while work on the overall appearance and landscaping of the project will take place. Final approval for the fourth phase is scheduled for the fall of 2022.
More information about the Na Pramenech project.
15. November 2021
Svoboda & Williams’ commercial leasing team exclusively represented and successfully brokered a lease transaction for the Konektor PR agency. As of next year, the company’s new headquarters will be in the Solitaire office building in the Petrská čtvrť neighborhood.
“We previously worked with Konektor when we helped them move into a historic, freestanding building on Charles Square. We were grateful for the opportunity to work with this PR agency again and believe that we have found a comfortable workplace for our long-term partner that best meets their current needs,” says Jaroslav Waldhauser from Svoboda & Williams.
The search for new headquarters for the Konektor PR agency began with a market survey, which narrowed down the selection of suitable office space. In the end, the company chose offices in the Solitaire building for its new headquarters. Located in the Petrská čtvrť neighborhood, they meet the company’s layout criteria and require only minimal changes. The office building also offers high quality facilities. For our part, we appreciated having straightforward negotiations with Milena Doubková, an experienced letting manager at Generali Real Estate, the owner of the building. "We are delighted that Konektor has chosen our Solitaire building in Prague 1 for its new headquarters. This confirms our long-term strategy of investing in quality commercial properties in established and sought-after parts of Prague that are able to find tenants even in these difficult times," says Milena Doubková.
15. November 2021
Situated in a sought-after part of Smíchov just a few steps away from the Ctirad natural monument, a classic apartment house is being extended by two floors. This conversion will create three generously apportioned penthouses that will be completed next year. Each will come with a terrace overlooking the surrounding greenery with far-reaching views.
The residential building from 1925 is currently being completely reconstructed. Its attic will be extended to make room for three duplex apartments with three-bedroom layouts, practically divided into a private and a social zone. The lower level will consist of three bedrooms, one of which will be a suite with a walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom. On the top level, there will be an open plan living space with a kitchen and dining area extended by a terrace. Since the building is set on a slope, the three penthouses will be accessible from Pod Závěrkou Street via two steel footbridges.
The residential area in which the apartment building stands is full of residences from the 1920s and 1970s. The entire district has a unique character, mainly due to the sloping terrain, winding streets, and many well-maintained gardens. Another advantage of the neighborhood is its easy reach of the city center and proximity to the open green spaces on a plateau with views of town and country. Once the new terminal of the Smíchov Railway Station will be ready and the nearby large-scale Smíchov City project will be complete, the area’s infrastructure will be greatly improved.
Work on the extension has now reached the second level. The duplex apartments are scheduled to be finished in summer 2022.
More information about the Pod Závěrkou duplex apartments.
25. October 2021
The twentieth annual Real Estate Market conference took place on Wednesday, October 20th. Organized by the Stavební forum online magazine, its four panel discussions brought together experts across the spectrum of the real estate market, who looked back at what happened over the past year and outlined the changes brought about and accelerated by the pandemic and the Green New Deal.
The first panel discussion, Offices and Retail: The New Reality, featured a presentation on coworking and shared offices by Kateřina Burešová, a Flexible Workspace Consultant at Svoboda & Williams. She and the other panelists agreed that the home office isn’t a sustainable way to work in the long term, but that new workspaces will need to reflect tenants’ demands for an environment that they’ll look forward to return to. Shared offices offer increasingly sought-after flexible options, while at the same time space where people can meet spontaneously. “Shared offices are no longer seen as a “new age” way of working and should now be an integral part of every modern office building in the future, like a canteen, for instance,” said Burešová.
Jana Vlková, Director of Workplace Advisory at Colliers International, pointed out that, on the one hand, it’s important for new offices to be designed as an experience and for workspaces to be as pleasant as possible, on the other hand people need to feel that if they don’t go to the office, they’ll miss out on something because they won’t get to take part in everyday informal meetings. Petr Palička, Country Managing Director at Penta Real Estate, mentioned several examples of current office space developments. Looking back on the last several months, demand for offices is still high, but tenants’ requirements are changing. They want more communal spaces, terraces, greenery, and the building’s integration into the city infrastructure.
Petr Zahálka, Sales Director of ProInterier, together with Leoš Andrle, Executive Director of Sekyra Group, commented on the construction and fit-out of office space from the implementation end. Due to rising construction costs, tenants are trying as much as possible to save on office furniture, and the situation is made even more complicated by the shortages in technologies and materials, which many projects have had to contend with.
22. October 2021
The Real Estate Academy held the Renaissance of Rental Housing conference on October 13th, the aim of which was to present this investment segment of the Czech real estate market in a complex and in-depth fashion. It provided a space where experts from development, landlords, investors, building managers, lawyers, and insurance company and bank representatives could meet and discuss important topics.
Andrea Střechová, whose experience advising investors and developers working in the residential rental sector stretches to more than 15 years, spoke at the conference on behalf of Svoboda & Williams. During her presentation, she touched on issues such as how to optimize rental yields and how to build a relationship with tenants. "The rental housing trend had already been growing before the pandemic, but it’s only accelerated during the last two years. The willingness and necessity to pay rent instead of taking out a mortgage increased significantly. Tenants are also demanding high quality housing and so today it’s absolutely essential to create properties that reflect this desire for efficiency and perfection.”
20. October 2021
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency has successfully sold all of the apartments in the Viladům Máj project just two months after being exclusively engaged to do so by the developer Nová Praha. The two penthouses and four duplexes with front gardens found their new owners in record time.
The Viladům Máj residential project is located in a peaceful neighborhood on the border of the extensive Košíře-Motol nature park—an ideal place for boutique urban living. “Viladům Máj was developed in cooperation with architects from the prestigious SENAA studio. The individual apartments are therefore impeccably designed and extremely well thought-out. Superior materials, interiors open onto an exterior garden or terrace, and the pleasant location make you feel like you’re in the countryside, while in fact you’re close to the center of Prague. This is definitely what convinced buyers,” says Magdalena Svatková, whose team was in charge of selling the apartments in Viladům Máj.