The Czech Republic’s largest bank, Česká Spořitelna has launched a design contest for a new waterfront headquarters in Prague
Open to Europe-based architects, the anonymous competition seeks ‘non-generic’ proposals for a 75,000m² mixed-use complex featuring offices, retail, restaurants, kindergarten, health centre, post office and gym.
The Campus Prague project, planned to complete in 2023, will be constructed on the site of a former railway station which is being transformed into he 20ha Smíchov City regeneration zone featuring offices, residential and public spaces.
According to the brief: ‘The new headquarters should create a new, open and innovative collaborative workspace for our employees that would at the same time interconnect customers, employees and the public in general.
‘It should also provide a strong visible sign of our purpose and should help to develop the district and also bring prosperity to the community. The new Headquarters should be part of the commercial part of the Smíchov City project developed by Sekyra Group.’
Česká Spořitelna was established in 1825 as the Spořitelna Česká savings bank, operating on a philanthropic basis to promote money management and financial literacy among the working classes. The modern bank today has 5 million customers and more than 10,000 employees.
The latest competition comes more than 140 years after Spořitelna Česká held a competition for the Rudolfinum gallery and concert hall, which is now a major landmark and hub of cultural activity within Prague.
The new project aims to replicate the success of the Rudolfinum by contributing towards the delivery of a new community-focused building.
Fifteen teams will selected for the anonymous design contest, with six finalists invited to present their schemes to the jury. An overall winner will be announced in May 2018.
Judges include Česká Spořitelna chair Tomáš Salomon, Sekyra Group chief executive officer Leoš Anderle, and Andrea Besenhofer, head of group services and properties at Erste Group Bank.
The deadline for applications is 16 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information