OVERVIEW

Florenc is a public transport hub as well as an old railway brownfield in the centre of Prague. Its name refers back to the 14th century when artisans from Italian Florence invited by Emperor Charles IV. settled here.

The objective of the international urban design competition is to find a viable proposal for a new mixed-use neighbourhood with new homes and spaces for Prague’s booming advanced producer services sectors as well as places for leisure, cafés and restaurants.

High quality public spaces should be the backbone of new Florenc with liveable streets and plazas creating new links between Prague’s Nové Město and the trendy Karlín District.

The Competition is organized as a cooperation of the City of Prague and Prague Institute of Planning and Development, Masaryk Station Development a joint venture of Penta Real Estate and Czech Railways and ČSAD Praha Holding a private operator of Prague’s central coach terminal.

ANTICIPATED COMPETITION TIMEPLAN
SELECTION OF COMPETITION PARTICIPANTS
Receiving applications with portfolios
by 26 April 2021 17:00 CEST
The jury will select 5 teams.
PHASE 1
The first competition workshop
May 2021
Concept plan submission
16 August 2021
The second competition workshop
end of August 2021
PHASE 2
Master plan submission
15 November 2021
The third competition workshop
Announcement of the winner
2nd half of November 2021
EXHIBITION OF THE COMPETITION PROPOSALS
December 2021
REWARDS
Phase 1 participants
40.000 EUR
Phase 2 participants
40.000 EUR
Winner
+ 40.000 EUR

BACKGROUND

Florenc is situated about 1000m to the east from the Old Town Square, on the boarder of the New Town (Prague 1 District) and Karlín (Prague 8 District). It’s present character is shaped by transportation infrastructure including bus terminal, train station and metropolitan arterial road, at the same time it is the largest brownfield in the city center.

The competition site lays in the footprint of the former New Town rampart traces of which including the historic moat and the drainage are well preserved underground the site. After the New Town fortification was demolished in 1870s, the space was used for city’s key transport infrastructure with gradually some plots left undeveloped.

Significant portion of the competition site is situated in the urban conservation area of the Prague Historic City Centre, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site and the entire adjacent area falls in the world heritage site buffer zone.

A number of important vistas and views on dominant landmarks were identified in the area. For example, the view from Masaryk Railway Station through Hybernská Street towards the Powder Tower (Prašná brána), a national heritage monument, or view from V Celnici Street on the Church of Our Lady before Týn (Týnský chrám). These vistas link the competition site with Prague’s historic core. The view of Vítkov Hill with the national heritage monument is equally significant for the legibility of the site.

The competition area contains a number of cultural institutions: The City of Prague Museum, Karlín Musical Theatre and industrial heritage buildings of the former railway engine depot at the Prague Masaryk Railway Station in which the National Technical Museum plans to open its Railway Museum.

Today, Florenc serves as an important transport hub of national and European importance. The Prague-Florenc Bus Terminal has a significant share of international coach services. Prague Masaryk Railway Station is the terminal station for commuting train services arriving from the east, north and partly northwest of the Prague metropolitan area and in 10 years' time it will also offer a direct train connection to Václav Havel Airport Prague. The area is well serviced by the Prague Integrated Transport system including two metro lines and a number of tram and bus lines.

Two companies ČSAD Praha holding a. s. (owner of the bus terminal) and Masaryk Station Development, a. s., own or hold development rights to most land plots on the competition site. The City of Prague is the majority owner of the existing public spaces while the rail yard land and the buildings on the site of Masaryk Railway Station are owned by České dráhy, a.s. (state railway company).

Masaryk Station Development pursues the objective to redevelop the land into a fully integrated and functionally self-sufficient urban area. The primary objective is to eliminate the scar on the city’s face posed by the existing brownfield and replace it with a well-defined and structured urban area designed for business, living and leisure with direct links to the historic centre.

ČSAD Praha holding, a. s., plans a gradual conversion of the bus terminal into a mix-use development that is integrate into the urban fabric of Prague’s city centre while enhancing comfort for passengers and improving public spaces. 

BRIEF

The purpose of this urban design competition is to identify and reward an integrated proposal for the competition area. The winner shall present a comprehensive, economically feasible, environmentally sustainable and socially equitable regeneration vision that will encourage key stakeholders for its implement.

The competition area consists of the competition site itself (red zone) and the adjacent interactive zone (green) and the indicative zone (blue).

The winner of the competition shall be subsequently commissioned to develop the design further into a master plan with design code elements for the competition site (red zone) that will serve as a basis for proposed changes of Prague’s Zoning Plan and will guide the regeneration process of the site.

Proposals in the interactive and indicative zones (green and blue) will present a portfolio of ideas as a basis for coordinated development and decision-making by the city government.

In the following phases, Masaryk Station Development will consider inviting competition participants when selecting architects for individual projects in the area.

Key points of the brief include :

Further details can be found in the Competition Brief. Map materials in digital form together with the publication “Site Information”, which expands on and clarifies the information provided in the Competition Brief, will be provided to participants shortlisted for Phase 1 of the competition.

Download Brief

JURY

INDEPENDENT MEMBERS
Regular members (6)
Substitute members
Winy Maas
Fokke Moerel
Kees Christiaanse
Till Rehwaldt
Matthew Carmona
Martina Forejtová
Pavel Hnilička
Štěpán Valouch
Regina Loukotová
 
Michal Sedláček
 
DEPENDENT MEMBERS
Regular members (5)
Substitute members
Lenka Burgerová
City of Prague
Petr Hlaváček
Deputy Mayor of Prague
Jaromír Hainc
Prague Institute of Planning and Development
Tomáš Murňák
City of Prague
Petr Palička
Penta Real Estate
Luboš Križan
Prague Institute of Planning and Development
Tomáš Ctibor
4ct / ČSAD Praha Holding
Dušan Ševela
Penta Real Estate
Tomáš Hřebík
Municipal District Prague 8
Pavel Vráblík
ČSAD Praha Holding
 
Klára Filaunová
4ct / ČSAD Praha Holding
 
Petr Hejma
Municipal District Prague 1

APPLY

The competition is open to teams with relevant experience. Up to five teams will be selected by the jury based on the following criteria:

  1. The overall quality of the reference works from the urban design and architectural perspective and their relevance with respect to the scope of the competition,
  2. The entrant team’s expertise with respect to the scope of the competition.

Teams are expected to comprise the following experts: architects, urban designers, landscape architects, transport experts and experts on urban regeneration.

Any party interested in participation must apply electronically via this website by 26 April 2021, 17:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time). The website will be open for applications from 5 April 2021.

The application shall include:

  1. Filled in competition application form,
  2. Signed Sworn Statement stating that all qualification requirements are met by the applicant,
  3. Portfolio of reference projects.

The portfolio should contain no more than 30 pages and should, as a minimum, include:

  1. Three projects (designs) documenting the entrant’s skills and experience relevant to the scope of the competition, the size of the competition area, its location in centre of a global city and important transport infrastructure located on site,
  2. Details of the competing team, roles of its members and if the team includes external members, then the scope of their previous collaboration with the entrant,
  3. A brief description of how the entrant will approach the design process.

For further details on the application process please refer to Section 5-1 of the Rules of the Competition as stated in the Competition Brief. 

To apply please register first with Karel the competition on-line system. Once you register you will be able to download the Application Form, Sworn Statement and submit your team’s application. 

CONTACT

Competition Enquiries
Dorotea Cimburová
ONplan
cimburova@onplanlab.com
+420 723 149 399

Media Enquiries
Petr Návrat
ONplan
navrat@onplanlab.com
+420 608 705 405