The Centre for Central European Architecture has launched an open international contest for a 1,200-unit residential regeneration project in central Prague, Czech Republic
The competition seeks conceptual proposals for a landmark 106,000m² regeneration within the post-industrial Žižkov district located a short distance east of the historic city centre.
The project will replace a former telecommunications complex which is no longer fit for use. Submissions should feature several open green spaces, a 75-place nursery and off-street basement parking and both low-rise and high-rise solutions are invited for the prominent site.
According to the brief: ‘The district of Žižkov has been going through a major transformation in the last years - turning into a larger city centre with good public facilities, accessibility, and infrastructure.
‘There is a technological building which has lost its function and with regard to the extreme level of asbestos in its construction it is to be demolished and replaced with new development arising from the outcome of this open call.’
Located in the Žižkov district, east of Prague city centre, the 24,803m² competition site is currently home to a purpose-built 1979 office block which hosts various vital pieces of telecommunications infrastructure.
The building – which was used for both radio and TV broadcasts during the Cold War and was sold to developers in 2017 – will remain occupied by its current tenant, CETIN, until 2022 after which the regeneration project is expected to commence.
The latest project seeks ambitious proposals to redevelop the site as either a low-rise complex or high-rise ensemble of towers. Proposals must aim to meet all local regulations and also re-house vital communications infrastructure within the north-eastern section of the site.
Stage one submissions should include a conceptual overview of the proposal along with a summary project explanation. Up to eight teams will receive around £10,600 each to draw up more detailed proposals.
The jury is made up of seven leading architects and key stakeholders including Czech architects Josef Pleskot and Zdeněk Fránek. The overall winner will be awarded a design contract and a public exhibition of proposals will be held three months after the final plans are announced.
The deadline for stage one submissions is 5pm local time (CET) on 31 October.
How to apply
MOBA studio s.r.o.
U Půjčovny 4,
110 00 Praha 1
Tel: +420 222 222 521