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Jiřičná, Pawson and Meier join upcoming stars in Prague

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Eva Jiřičná Architects, John Pawson and Richard Meier and Partners have been revealed as the latest architects working on a new residential scheme on the outskirts of Prague

The trio will work alongside a raft of other UK firms – including Coffey Architects, Duggan Morris Architects, Eldridge Smerin, Hall McKnight, Haptic, John Pardey Architects and McGarry-Moon Architects – who were chosen for the massive ‘Oaks’ scheme following a design contest in November (AJ 14.11.14).

Masterplanned by EDSA with Chapman Taylor and John Thompson and Partners, the project for Czech-based developer Arendon Development Company features a new ‘village centre’ surrounded by 220 new homes.

Richard Meier and Partners has been chosen for an apartment building, while Czech-born architect Eva Jiřičná is drawing up plans for a low, gabled villa on the 140 hectare site which is set within a hunting estate in Popovičky, south-east of Prague.

Designed in partnership with the office which Jiřičná co-founded in Prague, AI-Design, the villa is massed in three main volumes, with a titanium zinc sheet clad roof and a façade rendered in white stucco.

John Pawson is meanwhile designing a mixed-use scheme for the development which integrates its existing 19th-century chateau and farmstead into a hotel, spa, restaurant and club house.  

Richard Meier, managing partner of Richard Meier & Partners, said: ‘The work which we have done in the Czech Republic began over ten years ago with the design of the master plan of the Pankrác Plain, which included the construction of the “City” project, and we are very pleased to be currently collaborating with the Arendon Development Company on the Oaks Prague project. It is exciting for us to contribute to the extraordinary local design sensibilities of Czech culture.

‘Applying local materials and combining a modern and contemporary aesthetic, the architecture will be visually refined and contextually sensitive. We expect that the Frontline Apartment Building and the villas which are a part of this complex will promote the ongoing influence of Czech architecture to the world.’

Eva Jiřičná added: ‘It is a privilege to contribute to this unique development in my home country and to be part of such a dynamic team of designers. With Arendon’s aspirations for Oaks Prague in mind, we have designed a villa that will provide families with the space to plant their roots for decades to come.’

John Pawson commented: ‘I’ve been working in the Czech Republic for more than a decade and a half. Over the years you develop a strong sense of connection with a place. It’s exciting to have this new opportunity to make a piece of architecture that brings together contemporary and historic elements.’


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