Bella Bohemia Boat

Project category ‐ Architectural design, small scale architecture and creative work in architecture

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Author Vera Hampl Architects
Location Konstrukce lode v Derben, Nemecko a Interier v Praze
Investor Pražská paroplavební společnost / Prague Boats
Supplier Konstrukce: Schiffswerft Bolle GmbH Derben
interier: Design wood studio
Date of project approval January 2020

The construction of the Bella Bohemia ship is based on the investor's request for a sightseeing vessel with ecological, completely emission-free operation, intended for year-round sightseeing cruises through Prague. The engine drive is purely electric, and Bella Bohemia is the first larger boat approved for operation on European watercourses. Ecological propulsion required a low weight of the ship, so an aluminum construction of the catamaran type was chosen.
Architect Vera Hampl used the corporate colours of the investor, Prague Boats, for the exterior design of the ship. The lower covered deck allows passengers an impressive view through fully glazed walls. The bar with a metallic front structured with a mosaic motif and a bar board made of artificial stone is complemented by comfortable designer aluminum benches. The interior is insulated with wooden decor floors. The upper uncovered deck, also with designer aluminum benches, allows passengers a panoramic view in all directions.

Basic facts about the ship Bella Bohemia
Architectural design: Vera Hampl | VH Architects
Client: Prague Steamship Company / Prague Boats
Completion: 2020
Dimensions: 25 meters long, 9 meters wide
Capacity: up to 250 passengers
Engine drive: electric drive, 2 x 55 KW
Battery: 12 batteries with a total capacity of 126 kWh and a voltage of 600 V
Battery life: up to 9 hours, 5 - 6 hours in normal mode
Engine rotation: 360°
Photo: Filip Šlapal

Green building

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Water management

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The quality of the indoor environment

Is clean air supply automated ?
Is comfortable temperature during summer and winter automated?
Is natural lighting guaranteed in all living areas?
Is artificial lighting automated?
Is acoustic comfort, specifically reverberation time, guaranteed?
Does the layout solution include zoning and ergonomics elements?

Principles of circular economics

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Are materials with a documented Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) promoted in the project?
Are other sustainability certifications used for materials and elements?

Energy efficiency

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Is efficient energy management (measurement and regular analysis of consumption data) considered?
Are renewable sources of energy used, e.g. solar system, photovoltaics?

Interconnection with surroundings

Does the project enable the easy use of public transport?
Does the project support the use of alternative modes of transport, e.g cycling, walking etc. ?
Is there access to recreational natural areas, e.g. parks, in the immediate vicinity of the building?