- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
International Competition Winners to Complete Prague’s Vítězné náměstí’s 4th Quadrant
Prague’s prestigious Prague 6 district has revealed the victors of an international competition to complete the 4th quadrant of Vítězné náměstí, bringing exciting prospects for architecture enthusiasts. The esteemed team of Benthem Crouwel Architects from the Netherlands and OVA from the Czech Republic emerged victorious with their exceptional project that builds upon the original urban concept by Antonín Engel.
The winning design by Benthem Crouwel Architects and OVA introduces a mixed-use development encompassing residential, office, and civic amenities. At its heart, the design features a new square that seamlessly integrates the new building of VŠCHT (University of Chemistry and Technology) and the cultural center of Prague 6. The tranquil section of the development includes a residential block with a semi-private inner courtyard.
Prague 6 Mayor Jakub Stárek expressed his delight at being part of the jury for the competition and emphasized the importance of citizen input in the decision-making process. The winning design successfully preserves the fundamental principles of Engel’s original concept while embracing modern architectural elements suited to the 21st century. Furthermore, the inclusion of a much-needed cultural center has generated significant excitement in the community.
Petr Prokop, Prague 6’s deputy mayor responsible for real estate and strategic development, echoed this sentiment, particularly regarding the cultural center. He emphasized the duty to create high-quality and beautiful architecture that serves the people and becomes a significant cultural asset for the city.
Vítězné náměstí, conceived in 1925 based on Antonín Engel’s urban concept, is finally on track to be completed with the addition of the long-awaited 4th quadrant. Over the years, the square has undergone several name changes but is affectionately known among locals as “Kulaťák.”
The competition was commissioned by Fourth Quadrant, a consortium comprising investors Penta Real Estate, Sekyra Group, and Kaprain. The project’s preparation phase has commenced with a contract signed between the investors and the winning team. While the exact timeline for the project’s realization remains uncertain, the announcement of the winners has sparked great anticipation among architecture enthusiasts and residents alike.
Article by Prague Forum