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BIG's design for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall, Source: IPR

Prague reveals design plans for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall

Prague reveals design plans for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall

The Danish studio Bjarke Ingels Group won the international architectural competition

Last year, the Czech capital announced an international architectural competition for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall. This week, the Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) revealed that the Danish studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) had submitted the best proposal and design. 

philharmonic pragueBIG's design (Source: IPR)

How will the new building look?

According to a press release, BIG’s design envisages the construction of three halls, a creative hub for Prague’s Municipal Library, and a unique rooftop. Expanding on this, the studio seeks to add a café or restaurant on the rooftop and allow people to access terraces without having to enter the building. Commenting on this, Mayor of Prague Zdenek Hrib shared:

“The winning design was my favourite from the beginning, mainly because it comes with something we do not yet have in Prague. The place will extend from the river to the roof – the terraces of the Philharmonic will be public accessibly directly from the adjacent square, so everyone will be able to enjoy the building – even those who are not fans of classical music.”

philharmonic The building's terraces (Source: IPR)

Transforming the capital in 3 ways

Mayor Hrib further explained that the municipality had three distinct goals when launching the competition. First, it sought to make the area surrounding the Vltavská metro station more attractive. Second, it aimed to attract tourists interested in culture instead of only “cheap alcohol”. Third, it wanted to make space for more modern and contemporary architecture.

“According to the Danish studio BIG, the Vltava Philharmonic will become the vibrant centre of life on Vltavská - a new city park will be located to the east of the building, the south side will open access to water, a square will be created on the west and a view of the new Bubna -Zátory. The building itself will be accessible to all interested parties and levels,” explained the chairman of the competition jury, Michal Sedláček.

The building will be completed and ready to open its doors in 10 years, in 2032.

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