Submission: June 26, 2018
Registration: June 26, 2018
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Prizes: CZK 3 280 000, excluding VAT
Type: A two-round public architectural-urban planning competition
The Prague City Council has tasked the Prague Institute of Planning and Development with preparing an urban planning competition for an overall solution for Vítězné náměstí (Victory Square). The solution should deal with improving not only the quality of life of the local residents, but also the traffic situation.
The current state of one of the largest and most monumental squares in Prague does not correspond to its importance. The proposed structure of the square in light of the current heavy traffic congestion is not ideal in terms of the quality of the public space or functionality of the traffic intersections. The opening of the Blanka Tunnel Complex last year without also putting into operation the Evropská – Svatovítská route (“ESR”) resulted in a deterioration of the traffic situation on Vítězné náměstí and adjacent streets.
For this reason, Prague City Council established a working group comprising: Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová, Deputy Prague Mayor Petra Kolínská, Deputy Prague Mayor Petr Dolínek, Prague 6 Councillor Eva Smutná, Prague 6 Councillor Martin Polách, Architect Petr Hlaváček, University of Chemistry and Technology Vice-Chancellor Milan Pospíšil, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University Ladislav Lábus, Traffic and Transport Specialist Jan Špilar, IPR Prague Architect Marek Kopeć and Architect Štěpán Toman. The working group helped define the competition site, the basis of the subject of the competition and the requirements for its solution. These recommendations will be pivotal for the urban planning design competition under preparation.
The objective of the competition will be to find the best solution for the space of Victory square with all the land-use and transport relationships in the location concerned and create a public space that is representative and recreational in nature in line with its newly proposed transport and traffic solution. The square should be intended primarily for the needs of the residents of Prague 6. The design proposal should return the square to its users. The subject of the proposal is the design of public spaces owned by the capital of Prague, not its completion.
A jury, comprising experts and independent representatives, will invite the best proposals to advance to the second round. In the second round, the best proposal will be chosen and awarded.
- A two-round public architectural-urban planning competition
- The contracting authority for the competition and author of the competition term and conditions is IPR Prague.
The investor in the resulting project is Prague City Hall.