13. February 2019
The Art in Conversation event took place on February 7th, 2019, at Galerie Cermak Eisenkraft in Prague. Participants had the opportunity to meet the art world’s leading appraisers and art collection experts. Galerie Cermak Eisenkraft organized the event together with Christie’s Auction House and the Svoboda & Williams real estate agency.
The founders of Galerie Cermak Eisenkraft, Tomáš Zapletal and David Železný, have been tirelessly working to cultivate the Czech art market and, in order to achieve this goal, communicating with their potential and current clients and having conversations about various aspects of the art world is essential. Thanks to this approach, the organizers elegantly connected the concept behind the gallery with the main topic of the event – Art in Conversation: art and collecting artworks in a wider context, with individual presentations devoted to various facets of this topic.
Lord Snowdon, the honorary chairman of Christie’s for Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and India, spoke at the event. Important speakers included other Christie’s members, such as Jason Carey, the Head of the Impressionist & Modern Art Department, and Anna Povejšilová, who is an Associate Specialist in the same department. In order to appraise a work of art, it is necessary to have deep expert knowledge, and professional experience can greatly speed up the process of selection. Christie’s offers the helping hand of an agent who can help you select the right investment, which the purchase of a valuable work of art undoubtedly is.
A highlight of the event was the viewing of František Kupka’s painting La cathédrale, which will be included in the coming auction, the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale, which will take place on February 28th, 2019, in London. Kupka’s painting will be auctioned off together with works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, or Alberto Giacometti.
Christie’s global business includes the Christie’s International Real Estate network. Svoboda & Williams is an exclusive affiliate for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
11. February 2019
Many new members have joined the Svoboda & Williams team. Věra Urbanová is the new Property Department Manager, and the Sales, Residential Rentals, and Commercial Leasing divisions as well as the Analytics Team all hired new employees.
Věra Urbanová, who graduated from the University of Finance and Administration with a degree in marketing and economics, is the new Property Department Manager. She previously held the same position in the Bohemian Estates International company, where she led a 12-member team and managed over 800 long-term and short-term rental properties.
Our new residential sales agents are Michal Prskavec, who graduated from the Law Faculty of the Charles University and has been working in real estate for the last 15 years, Kristina Georgiu, who gained work experience in New York where she worked as a Senior Designer for German Kitchen Center, and Jitka Laslofi, whose previous work experience was in HR and who has an economics and management degree. We welcomed Maria Sherstiuk, a graduate from the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University, to the position of administrative support in the sales department. Maria came to Svoboda & Williams from our sister company Offices Unlimited, where she was an office manager.
Sonja Liasovská, who recently graduated from the British Teesside University branch in Prague, joined the residential rentals team as a junior agent. Kateřina Mazúrová, who has experience in the tourism industry in Calgary where she received a degree in Business Administration, and Michaela Prchalová, who until recently worked as a receptionist for Svoboda & Williams and graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the field of acting, currently hold the same position.
Petr Jurza who joined the commercial leasing division, gained previous professional experience in this segment in Real Spektrum. Petra Šimoníková, whose previous experience was in Česká pojišťovna (Czech Insurance Company), where she worked in corporate and industrial insurance, is a new member of the Analytics Team.
08. February 2019
The Svoboda & Williams real estate agency was exclusively retained to provide marketing and management services for the myhive Flexi Offices project, which will offer serviced offices with a reception, coworking options, flexible lease terms, and other services. The offices will be located on the first floor of the Pankrác House building, in one of the most sought-after business districts in Prague.
The myhive Flexi Offices serviced offices will be situated in the Pankrác House building directly across the street from the Pražského povstání metro station, only three stops from the Muzeum metro station. The offices will be easily accessible from the center of Prague as well as by car from the exit of the D1 highway. The complex will also include a restaurant, a spacious lobby connected to a café, a 24-hour reception, conference rooms, garages, and a gym that is free for myhive members. Regular networking events and conferences that tenants can take part in are held in the building.
The myhive Flexi Offices project is being built on the first floor of the building and has a total floor area of 1,547 m2, which will be divided into 36 fully equipped offices ranging in layouts from 10 to 50 m2, and 160 m2 of coworking space. It will offer three types of office space for lease: private offices, coworking space, and conference rooms. Building amenities will include a reception, two kitchenettes, and a lobby for meetings with clients. The project offers flexibility in terms of the layouts and lease terms, which can be long-term as well as short-term. Prospective tenants will thus be able to lease exactly the right type of space for their business needs.
More about the myhive Flexi Offices project.
Our offer of serviced offices.
06. February 2019
Svoboda & Williams has been retained as the exclusive leasing agent for office space in the newly emerging PRAGA Office & Garden administrative building, situated in the historic part of Karlín at the foot of Vítkov Hill. After its completion, the building will offer premium offices in an industrial style with spaces for relaxation in a landscaped garden.
PRAGA Office & Garden will be part of the multifunctional PRAGA complex, which is currently being built on the site of a brownfield that used to be a PRAGA automobile repair shop during the First Republic. The reconstructed original façade and the materials and exposed pipes in the offices’ interiors are a reminder of the complex’s industrial past. The building’s timeless architectural style, designed by ADNS Architects, offers a total of 2,000 m2 of stylish office space covering six floors, with cutting-edge technology, an attractive lobby with a preparation for a reception, and parking in an underground garage. Due to its fully glass northern façade, the offices receive plenty of natural light and boast views of the Karlín panorama. Tenants can relax in a peaceful courtyard garden landscaped by Charles Butler from M2 Real Estate, the company behind this development.
Thanks to its location only a few steps away from Karlínské náměstí Square and the Křižíkova metro station, PRAGA Office & Garden is easily accessible by car and public transportation. Many restaurants, bistros, cafes, and other services are in the building’s immediate vicinity, and the green spaces with benches on Karlínské and Lyčkovo squares as well as the large park on Vítkov Hill are close-by.
„PRAGA Office & Garden provides offices that are ideal for creative companies that want to be part of a lively neighborhood with a unique energy and a vibrant cultural and culinary scene. It is constructed to a high standard with an inspiring architecture and interior design,“ says Sylva Turinská, Senior Consultant in Svoboda & Williams.
Available from Q2 2020.
Official project website.
06. February 2019
Svoboda & Williams has launched the sale of apartments in Brno in the Hilleho 6 project – a completely renovated Neo-Renaissance building in the sought-after neighborhood of Černá pole.
The Hilleho 6 residence consists of 17 one-bedroom to three-bedroom units, with layouts ranging from 49 to 172 sq. m. Its renovation was carried out by A77 Architects, whose goal was to preserve the building’s unique historical value while at the same time adapting it to contemporary housing standards. Hilleho 6 was originally designed by František Alois Dvořák, an important builder of Neo-Renaissance architecture in Brno.
The building’s modernization took into account its already beautiful apartments and combined its original architectural elements with modern design features. The interiors meet the demands for comfortable living, and include three-layer oak floors, heated natural stone tile floors, and wooden casement windows with insulated glass panes. The apartments with views of the courtyard have balconies, while the two apartments on the fifth floor have sunken terraces.
The residence stands on the corner of a peaceful tree-lined street and Náměstí 28. října Square with a large park. The attractive neighborhood has a full spectrum of civic amenities, such as restaurants, bars, cafes, stores, a post office, and other services. Lužánky, Brno’s largest park, is only 300 meters away, and the legendary Villa Tugendhat can be reached on foot in 10 minutes. The project is planned to be completed in July of this year.
More about the Hilleho 6 project.
16. January 2019
Svoboda & Williams has mediated the lease of a total of 1,200 sq. m. of office space, which will be used as the new headquarters of Konektor media group. The group, which consists of several PR and marketing agencies, has leased a historical office building on Karlovo náměstí Square.
Until recently, Konektor’s offices were located in a building on Náměstí Republiky Square, which will soon undergo a complete renovation, and so the company contacted Svoboda & Williams with a request to find an office building for them in the center of Prague. After consulting with them about their needs and priorities, Svoboda & Williams presented Konektor’s representatives with, among other properties, the three-story building on Karlovo náměstí Square 17, which suited them the best. The building is part of a historical complex constructed in 1900 according to the designs of court architect Rudolf Tereba and was previously used as a stable.
“The building on Karlovo náměstí Square captured the client’s interest due to its location in a quiet courtyard, yet in a busy, central part of Prague, and the availability of an underground garage with up to 25 parking spaces,” says Jaroslav Waldhauser of Svoboda & Williams.
“We were looking for office space that would capture Konektor’s sense of creativity, and so we tried to avoid traditional office buildings. At the same time, we wanted to remain in the center of Prague. Jaroslav Waldhauser of Svoboda & Williams understood our rather specific needs and quickly presented us with several properties that met our requirements. The building on Karlovo náměstí Square caught our attention right away with its connection to history, and the landlord also agreed to most of our demands for the renovation and modernization of the space,” describes Petr Rydl, CEO of Konektor a.s., which is part of the Konektor group.
16. January 2019
Svoboda & Williams, in cooperation with the VR Musashi creative studio, is introducing an interactive mobile app for iOS that lets you view and explore properties in augmented reality.
The VR Musashi studio demonstrated its innovative approach during the preparations for the unique Czech Innovation Expo fair. Through virtual and augmented reality technology, it created a presentation on important 20th century Czech inventors, scientists, and innovators. During the fair, it developed Prague Histories, which guides you through an interactive walk around the city. VR Musashi used a similar approach when working with Svoboda & Williams on presentations of the Šárecký dvůr residential project. One result of this cooperation is the new Šárecký dvůr AR mobile app that uses augmented reality technology to allow you to browse through the model of the project on your phone or tablet. It is an interactive addition to our catalog, which will transport customers to the property they are considering to buy in an instant.
The application is highly intuitive, and, thanks to the ARKit 2.0 technology, it can display a 3D model of an apartment or entire residential project on any surface. Prospective buyers can therefore imagine the property in much greater detail than they can simply on paper, and they can also look around individual rooms using 360° spherical visualizations. The presentation also includes the exterior, two show flats, and the current unit list.
Alongside the mobile app, a full-fledged VR model of Šárecký dvůr was also created in collaboration with VR Musashi. The model is available upon agreement with a real estate broker. In the future, Svoboda & Williams will use this type of presentation as part of its marketing services for all larger residential projects.
Download the app for iOS.
10. December 2018
Svoboda & Williams has mediated the lease of 1,143 sq. m. of office space to the Czech branch of DPDgroup. The new Prague headquarters of this European provider of parcel services will be the administrative Nad Petruskou 1 Functionalist villa, located in a quiet part of Vinohrady (Prague 2) only a few steps away from Havlíčkovy Sady Park.
The First Republic era architects Tomáš Pražák and Pavel Moravec were the authors of this Functionalist villa. They also built the well-known U Hasičů building in Vinohrady. Tomáš Pražák’s grandson, whose company Stavby a reality CZ s.r.o. (www.stavbyareality.cz) owns the villa and who had previously worked with Svoboda & Williams, contacted us and requested advisory services concerning the future use of the villa. The current tenant’s lease was almost up, and Mr. Pražák was considering a financially difficult conversion back its original residential use. Finally, the he decided to offer the property for lease as an administrative building once again, and Svoboda & Williams soon managed to find a new tenant – the Czech branch of the DPDgroup.
“DPD CZ contacted us with a request for office space for lease in Prague 2, and they emphasized that they preferred offices with character rather than what is found in a standard administrative building. We analyzed the company’s needs, and Nad Petruskou 1 fit their criteria perfectly. Before DPD CZ move in, the interior of the property will undergo a renovation that will take into account the new tenant’s needs as well as the historical value of the building,” says Karin Konrádová from Svoboda & Williams.
“The quality of our services is guaranteed by our employees, and therefore we wanted find the best office space for them. The open space trend is behind us and closed office environments are becoming popular, because they offer more privacy for individuals and allow groups to become closer thanks to their well-thought out interior plans. DPD also liked this idea and decided to lease the villa, which also has a garden for employees to relax in,” explains Miloš Malaník, general director of DPD CZ.
The Nad Petruskou 1 villa offers office space on five floors, an elevator, large terraces, and beautiful views of Havlíčkovy Sady Park, the neighborhood of Vršovice, and other locations. It stands on a peaceful dead-end street only a seven-minute walk from a tram stop.
07. December 2018
Svoboda & Williams has been exclusively retained to launch the sale of 19 apartment units in the Orelská 13 residence, which consists of a fully reconstructed Art Nouveau building in the old part of Vršovice, only a few steps away from náměstí Svatopluka Čecha square.
The Orelská 13 residence is located close to architect Josef Gočár’s iconic Functionalist Church of St. Wenceslas on náměstí Svatopluka Čecha square, near the charming Heroldovy sady park. Krymská Street (according to the The New York Times one of the 12 most popular streets in Europe), with its unique cafes, bars, and galleries, is close-by. In the last decade, Vršovice gradually transformed itself into an attractive neighborhood with a vibrant cultural and social scene. The Orelská 13 residential project is also contributing to this trend. Originally built in 1911, the renovated Art Nouveau building includes a courtyard with an abundance of greenery. All of the improvements are based on the best architectural practices from the early 20th century while meeting the demands of contemporary urban living standards and modern interior design.
The Orelská 13 residence includes 15 one-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 40 sq. m. to 58 sq. m., two larger apartments (one-bedroom and two-bedroom) with their own gardens, and two newly built attic apartments with galleries and terraces that face the courtyard. The project also includes a freestanding garden house with a surrounding plot in the courtyard. The units boast smart layouts, replicas of original casement windows with insulated glass, replicas of double-wing entrance doors, and central heating. Each apartment comes with a storage unit in the cellar. The building will be completely refurbished, updated, and rewired, a new elevator will be installed, and the common areas and garden will be renovated.
Due to the prevalence of smaller sized apartments, Orelská 13 is ideally suited for individuals and couples who are drawn to and inspired by the special atmosphere and endless lifestyle opportunities that Vršovice has to offer. The residence is situated on a quiet street close to Moskevská Avenue, full of restaurants, cafes, and shops, which was revitalized in 2014 and is now the social center of Vršovice. Moskevská is connected to Heroldovy sady park and the reconstructed Rangherka House, also known as the Vršovice Castle, as well as celebrated Krymská Street.
The apartments will be offered in the state of white walls (prior to the completion of the final surfaces) with the exception of the attic units, which will be move-in ready. The handover of the apartments is scheduled for March 2019 (1st phase – 1st to 5th floor), and October 2019 (2nd phase – attic apartments and apartments with gardens). Potential buyers will have the opportunity to view a show flat in March 2019.
Official website of Orelská 13.
30. November 2018
Svoboda & Williams is the winner in two categories at this year’s CIJ Awards Czech Republic. Apart from – just like last year – winning in the Best Local Power Broker Team category, the company also won in the Best PR & Marketing Campaign category. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, November 29 at the Prague Marriott Hotel.
The prestigious CIJ Awards Czech Republic are annually presented by the Roberts Publishing Media Group, s.r.o., a publisher of printed and online news covering real estate business in the region of Central and Southeast Europe. In the segment of commercial real estate they are the longest running awards in the Czech Republic. The aim of the CIJ Awards is to draw attention to exceptional projects, companies, personalities, transactions and campaigns from the world of real estate. This year companies competed in 35 categories.
"I would like to thank the whole Svoboda & Williams team, our clients and everyone who voted for us. I am especially delighted that the jury awarded our marketing campaign for the Šárecký dvůr residential project which combines virtual and augmented reality presentations with more traditional forms of marketing,” says Prokop Svoboda, Managing Partner at Svoboda & Williams, about winning the prestigious awards.