The City of Brno in the Czech Republic has announced an open international ideas contest to regenerate its landmark 66.7 hectare convention centre
The two-stage competition – featuring a £185,000 prize fund – seeks proposals to rethink the prominent Brno Exhibition Centre site in the Pisárky Valley which was first laid out in 1928 and today hosts 203,523m² of display areas.
The project aims to introduce new uses to the area and enhance its connectivity to the wider city while respecting the complex’s iconic pavilions and characteristic plazas. A nearby disused waterworks connected to the exhibition site, a waterfront recreation park and a railway terminal are also included within the scope of the contest.
According to the brief: ‘The competition goal is to obtain quality urban proposals which will be the basis for new spatial planning guidelines. The proposals should have a unifying concept, deliver long-term sustainability and should naturally and functionally integrate the site into the wider city.
‘The organiser seeks a solution that will strengthen and improve the exhibition and congress functions of the site and to also identify new functions for currently unused parts of the complex and to improve the general openness of the area to the public.’
Brno is the Czech Republic’s second largest city and home to around 400,000 inhabitants. For centuries the Moravian settlement has been a hub for annual markets and trade fairs and was recognised as one of the leading exhibition venues of Central Europe.
The current Brno Exhibition Centre was laid out in 1928 for the country’s Exhibition of Contemporary Culture.Landmark buildings on the prominent site include the domed Z Hall by Ferdinand Lederer and a 1960s administrative office by Miroslav Spurný. Contemporaneous developments within the city include the Villa Tugendhat by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Regeneration proposals must feature at least 60,000m² of indoor exhibition space, 40,000m² of outdoor exhibition areas, 25 000m² of covered storage and operational spaces, and 5,000m² of open-air paved handling areas.
Potential new uses for the complex could include a climbing wall, skateboard arena, a canoe course, an in-line skating track, a swimming pool, football stadium, theme park, museum, residential apartments and retail.
First round submissions should include three exhibition boards featuring plans and conceptual illustrations along with a textual description. Teams selected for the second stage must complete six display boards and a scale model of their proposal.
Judges include Brno Trade Fairs chief executive Jiří Kuliš; City of Brno mayor Petr Vokřál; and the architects Petr Hlaváček, Zdeňka Vydrová and Ivan Koleček.
The overall winner will receive £67,000 while a second place prize of £50,000 and third place prize of £33,500 will also be awarded.
The deadline for applications is 21 August.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
View the contract notice for more information
City Chief Architect‘s Office
City of Brno
Dominikánské nám. 196/1