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Prague Announces Competition for Transformation of Victory Square

One of the largest squares in Prague is set to undergo a transformation. The Prague Institute for Planning and Development (IPR Prague) announced an architectural competition for the transformation of Victory Square. The aim of the competition is to make the square a more welcoming place for the residents of Prague 6.

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Architects can now enter the competition to transform Victory Square. The jury in the competition will be composed of representatives of the city, representatives of the borough of Prague 6, and leading Czech and foreign architects. The proposed two-round competition will enable a wide range of experts to participate. The submission of proposals is planned for June 2018.

“Victory Square is another important square in Prague that we are preparing to improve. Currently, leading global teams are preparing to alter the park in Charles Square, and the conversion of Lesser Town Square is already ongoing. I trust that the competition will uncover proposals that will help to resolve the square’s pressing problems,” said Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová.

The main problem to be addressed is the large amount of automobile traffic that goes through Victory Square on a daily basis. This has become worse in recent years, largely due to the opening of the nearby Blanka tunnel. In addition, the actual layout of the square does not create a pleasant environment for residents of Prague 6. The hard-to-understand interchange means there is a constant risk of contact between cars and people. The intent of the planning competition is to find the best possible solution to eliminate these conflicts.

“Sitting down under the trees or easily transferring to a tram, metro or bus. Prague residents should feel good on Victory Square. Experience from Western Europe shows that it is possible to combine intensive transport with a high-quality public space and squares where pedestrians have priority,” said Deputy Mayor Petra Kolínská.

“Victory Square is undoubtedly a key public space in Prague 6 that deserves a transformation so that it serves all its users well,” said IPR Prague Director, Ondřej Boháč.   

The architectural and planning competition will have two rounds and the investor in the subsequent implementation will be Prague City Hall. The prizes and reimbursement of costs in the competition are set at CZK 3,280,000.

 

You can find more information about the competition here: www.iprpraha.cz/competitionvictorysquare

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