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Caruso St John shortlisted for 75,000m² Prague scheme

Česká spořitelna contest site, Prague
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Caruso St John Architects is among 15 European teams competing for a new waterfront commercial and leisure development in Prague

The 2016 Stirling Prize-winner has been chosen along with a raft of local and international teams including Mecanoo for the second round of the competition, which received more than 160 applications.

Open to Europe-based architects, the anonymous competition sought ‘non-generic’ proposals for a 75,000m² mixed-use complex featuring a new headquarters for the Česká Spořitelna bank, offices, retail, restaurants, a 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.

The client, 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 have been selected for the anonymous design contest and six finalists will be 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 shortlist

Atelier Krátký / Cuboid Architekti (CZ)
Baumschlager Eberle Architekten / Pavel Hnilička architekti (AT/CZ)
Caruso St John Architects (UK)
Henke Schreieck Architekten (AT)
Jessenvollenweider Architektur (CH)
Kleihues + Kleihues (DE)
Mecanoo / Buro Happold (NL)
Neutelings Riedijk Architects (NL)
Schindler Seko Architekti (CZ)
Verstas Architects (FI)
Christ & Gantenbein Architekten (AT)
Ivan Kroupa Architekti (CZ)
Kuba & Pilař Architekti (CZ)
Petr Hájek Architekti (CZ)
Tham & Videgård Arkitekter (SE)

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