Prague City Council has announced a design contest to transform its largest public plaza, Victory Square
Organised by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, the anonymous two-stage competition seeks innovative proposals to rethink the enormous public space, known locally as Vítězné Náměstí, where seven busy roads and several tram lines converge in a giant roundabout.
The estimated £19 million project aims to transform the plaza at the heart of the Czech capital’s Prague 6 district into a landmark recreational space with improved transport links and reduced congestion.
According to the brief: ‘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 objective of the competition will be to find the best solution for the space of Vítězné Náměstí 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.’
Located in the north-west of the city, Prague 6 is the largest district in the capital and home to around 100,000 people. It has several universities and international schools along with many architecturally important 20th-century buildings.
Victory Square was constructed as part of an ambitious plan for the district drawn up by architect Antonin Engel in 1924 and features several landmark inter-war and post-war buildings. The square, which has yet to see development completed on all four sides, is dominated by motor vehicles.
The competition aims to transform the area into a green space while also solving its worsening traffic congestion problems. Following the open call for applications, between three and six teams will be invited to proceed to the competition’s second stage.
Judges include Prague mayor Adriana Krnáčová, Atkins public realm design director Peter Heath, Ivan Reimann of Berlin’s Müller-Reimann Architekten, and Antonín Novák from Brno-based Atelier DRNH.
The competition language is Czech and the overall winner will receive around £41,000 and a design concept contract. There will also be a second prize of £20,600 and third prize of £13,700.
The deadline for applications is 3pm local time, 26 June.
How to apply
Institute of Planning and Development of the Capital City of Prague
Prague 2 - New Town
Tel: +420 602354402