An international contest has been announced to upgrade the Trojská elementary and grammar school outside Prague
Open to European and Swiss teams, the free-to-enter competition seeks innovative proposals to upgrade and separate the two interconnected schools and create a new community facility on a neighbouring site.
The £1.7 million project aims to transform each school into a standalone independent facility featuring its own entrance connecting to the town’s existing public realm. A new multi-purpose community centre featuring a daytime canteen, hall and councillor’s office for the school will also be created.
According to the brief: ‘The task of the competition is to optimise the existing programme and to supplement its capacities according to the needs of the operators. Emphasis is placed on the separation of primary school and grammar schools. Each of them will have a separate, barrier-free entrance logically oriented to the public space.
‘In addition to the existing plot, the school newly has an urban plot of land, where it is possible to place facilities which are more freely connected to the classroom (canteen, hall, school psychologist and preventive). It considers this as a community centre, where various festivals and cultural events of the city district can also take place.’
The Bohemian School is located at the intersection of the streets Na Kazance and Trojská in the neighbourhood of Kazanka. At present, the building has a first elementary school and an eight-year grammar school. An important monument-protected site is the monument of Jan Hus, the sculptor William Amorta of 1926.
Kazanka is a small suburban settlement located on the northern fringes of Prague in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic.
Contest judges include the mayor of Prague District 7, Tomáš Bryknar; the deputy director of Trojská elementary school, Kateřina Tůmová; and Markéta Zdebská of local practice BY Architects.
The overall winner will receive a £9,500 prize while a second prize of £7,000 and third prize of £3,500 will also be awarded.
The competition languages are English, Czech and Slovak and the deadline for applications is 3pm local time on 14 September.
How to apply
The Prague-Troja district
Prague 7 - Troja
Tel: +420 222222521