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BIG wins worldwide competitors for Prague’s Vltava Philharmonic Corridor


Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has triumphed in an worldwide design competitors searching for proposals for Prague’s future Vltava Philharmonic Corridor. When accomplished (extra on that in a bit), the roughly 535,000-square-foot riverfront cultural complicated within the fashionable northern district of Holešovice would be the first nationwide live performance corridor constructed within the European capital metropolis in additional a century. As famous by Czech media outlet Prague Morning, the town’s latest live performance corridor, Smetana Corridor within the Municipal Home, debuted in 1912.

As BIG detailed in a press launch saying the win, the Vltava Philharmonic Corridor, which would be the new dwelling to each the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK and the Czech Philharmonic and is known as after the 267-mile-long river that flows via the center of the town, will “join the Outdated City’s conventional cultural scene with the Holešovice neighborhood’s trendy artwork scene and turn into a brand new civic coronary heart for Prague and the encompassing public realm.” The constructing, half of a bigger waterfront revitalization scheme that may finally give option to the brand new Bubny-Zátory district, will rise on a big brownfield web site situated close to the Vltavská metro station.

view of a large public plaza in front of a cultural building at night
The complicated’s sweeping grand plaza will function a pure level of congregation for Praguers and residents alike. (Courtesy BIG)

The choice of BIG by the competitors jury was introduced by the Metropolis of Prague and the undertaking consumer, the Institute of Planning and Growth throughout a gala held on the Middle for Structure and Metropolitan Planning earlier this week.

BIG’s proposal, led by partners-in-charge Bjarke Ingels and Brian Yang, was chosen from a powerhouse pool of 19 entries, together with proposals from SANAA, MVRDV, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Henning Larsen Architects, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, and others. Additionally within the operating was David Chipperfield Architects, which, coincidentally, beat out BIG (joined by Diamond Schmitt Architects, KWS Architects, and ERA Architects) and 4 different shortlisted groups in one other main international competitors for a redevelopment scheme in Ottawa’s Parliamentary Precinct whose profitable design idea was additionally introduced earlier this week.

Per the Architects’ Journal, competitors runners-up included Barozzi Veiga with Atelier M1, Slovenia-based Bevk Perović Arhitekti, native agency Petr Hájek Architekti, and Snøhetta,

Riverfront promenades lead as much as the constructing’s scalable roof. (Mozses/Courtesy BIG)

Becoming a member of BIG on the bigger undertaking staff are a number of core collaborators that embody: Theatre Tasks and Nagata Acoustics (acoustics), Buro Happold (engineering), AED (native architect/engineering), ETC (transport), Systematica (mobility), Entrance (facades), and Mozses (visuals).

Stated competitors jury chairman Michal Sedláček in a assertion:

“Many points needed to be taken into consideration when deciding on the profitable design. The location for the philharmonic corridor presently complicates the chance for individuals to fulfill as a substitute of encouraging it, so the emphasis was not solely on the structure and operation of the constructing, but in addition on the design of the general public areas within the surrounding space. The Vltava Philharmonic Corridor will turn into a vibrant heart of life in Vltavská road–a brand new metropolis park will stretch eastwards from the constructing, the south aspect will open up entry to the water, a sq. will probably be created on the west aspect and there will probably be a view of the brand new Bubny-Zátory district to the north. The constructing itself will probably be accessible from all instructions and stage.”

Described by Yang as “a logo of openness, accessibility, and exploration,” Vltava Philharmonic Corridor will embody not one however three separate halls, together with a proper 1,800-person live performance corridor optimized for classical musical together with two extra intimate and versatile venues, one in all which will probably be geared for chamber music performances. Additionally deliberate are new amenities for the music division of the Municipal Library of Prague and myriad public facilities similar to cafes and eating places.

foyer space in a philharmonic hall
Czech-sourced glass and timber are incorporate all through the constructing, together with in its facade. (Mozses/Courtesy BIG)

As famous in an announcement, the “ambition of the Vltava Philharmonic Corridor is to draw not solely classical music followers, but in addition most people.” Though reside music will probably be an apparent high draw for Prague residents and guests alike, the riverfront complicated itself guarantees to be a brand new high attraction for the town, luring friends to the location with a “sequence of grand public plazas will turn into a brand new image of inclusionary structure, welcoming the multitude of Prague’s vibrant city life to stream throughout, via, underneath and over the brand new live performance corridor,” BIG elaborated.

Most notably, the glazed constructing’s stacked, overlapping roofs prolong all the way in which right down to the bottom stage at a number of factors, connecting the grand public plaza on the foot of the constructing with the stepped construction itself, inviting guests to scale and discover the constructing with out ever having to step inside it.

“The undulating stepped type of the roofs permits guests to meander to the summit of the constructing, as if climbing a hill,” BIG elaborated. “Slender vertical colonnades assist the constructing’s roof terraces whereas undersides of heat timber from the Bohemian Forest present shade and shelter. An area to take a seat and to collect, areas for casual outside performances and views inward to the Philharmonic’s full of life musical surroundings.”

Vltava Philharmonic Corridor will host three separate venues, together with the primary 1,800-seat live performance corridor. (Mozses/Courtesy BIG)

Along with domestically sourced timber, Czech-produced glass may even play a key function within the constructing’s development.

Vltava Philharmonic Corridor marks the primary in-progress undertaking for BIG in Prague or the Czech Republic and, as famous by Ingels, it’s one which holds particular that means:

“On a private observe this undertaking could also be one of the crucial necessary for me as an architect and as a Dane. The architect Jørn Utzon is a nationwide hero in Denmark, much less for the work he obtained to appreciate at dwelling, however extra for his work on the Sydney Opera Home on the opposite aspect of the planet. He confirmed the world how trendy structure might embody kinds and reanimate traditions that had lengthy been changed by the worldwide model of contemporary bins – and in doing so he captured the id of a continent and the creativeness of the world. For Prague now we have tried to think about a constructing that’s impressed by the journey of its namesake River and knowledgeable by the three-dimensional complexity of its very city web site. The result’s a three-dimensional public area – half musical instrument, half logistical machine, half topography, half sculpture. I actually hope this undertaking can develop to turn into a beloved area for the residents of Czech Republic and a welcome addition to the long-lasting silhouette the town of Prague.”

The complicated is deliberate for the left financial institution of the Vltava River. (Courtesy BIG)
Public entry on the undertaking extends from the waterfront all the way in which to the rooftop. (Courtesy BIG)

For Prague guests trying to scope out Holešovice and Prague’s latest landmark cultural attraction within the near-ish future, don’t maintain your breath… development on Vltava Philharmonic Corridor isn’t set to kick off till 2027 with work anticipated to wrap up in 2032. Regardless of the undertaking being an extended methods out from opening, Holešovice, an erstwhile industrial zone now full of galleries and cafes and rating among the many coolest neighborhoods in Europe, remains to be very definitely worth the detour.

The estimated undertaking price for Vltava Philharmonic Corridor is roughly $251 million.



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