The district of Prague 7 has announced an international competition for its new town hall
The project will create ‘open, effective, and smoothly functioning public building’ on the site of an existing structure at U Průhonu 38. The district’s existing town hall (pictured) is located on the left bank of the River Vltava.
District mayor Jan Čižinský said: ‘For the district of Prague 7, this is a historic step. Our district will finally acquire a town hall worthy of the 21st century.
‘We want to give our citizens an open, effective, and smoothly functioning public building, and our employees a dignified setting for their daily work.
‘Public buildings need to be the result of open competitions, and at the same time this will meet our obligation from the referendum of 2013.’
Councillor Pavel Zelenka added: ‘In the winning design, we expect a building with a modern appearance, operational effectiveness and sensitivity in the preparation of details of interior organisation, one that would meet the demands for quality in a functional office both for the public and for the employees.
‘We are aware of the demands of the task, since we have to operate within the limits of the possibilities set by the reconstruction, size and shape of an extant building, and of course a limited budget.’
The competition will launch on 17 February and participants will have around a month to prepare their entries.
Round one submissions must include a single A2 format design proposal and an A4 portfolio.
Eight shortlisted teams will be selected by a judging panel featuring Silvia Brandi of Barcelona’s MIAS Architecture and Lukáš Kordík of Bratislava-based gutgut.
The winner will receive around £16,000 and a second place prize of £10,000 and third place prize worth approximately £7,000 are also available.
The deadline for submissions is 6pm local time on 16 March.
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