Located on the site of a 12th century stable and barracks building, Palladium is a new shopping attraction that matches Prague’s historic city center.
Designing the Palladium shopping center to the context of its surroundings was a priority for CallisonRTKL’s design team, who retained the style of the site’s early structure and restored the front façade. Portions of the original foundation, dating back to the 12th century, are incorporated into the architecture of the new 40,000-SM mall. CallisonRTKL, commissioned for interior and graphic design, developed a thematic concept that celebrates the history of the site by drawing on Prague’s rich tradition of music, theater and the arts. The word ‘Palladium’ itself creates connotations of a performance venue. To express this thematic idea in the project’s design, the team established a layout in which each floor functions as a stage showcasing its various retailers. Large glass panels offer unobstructed views into storefronts and throughout the lengthy corridors. A large steel-framed, glass skylight running the length of the building provides abundant natural light to the space. In addition to more than 200 retailers, the complex boasts 18,500 SM of prime office space, 900 underground parking spaces and connections to adjacent Metro services.