BIG Vltava Philharmonic Hall Prague Architecture Competition Winner, Czech Design Contest News
Vltava Philharmonic Hall Prague design by BIG
17 May 2022
Vltava Philharmonic Hall Design Contest Winner News
Location: Holešovice, Prague, Czech Republic
Design: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group
Bjarke Ingels Group to build the new Vltava Philharmonic Hall in Prague
The winner of the international architectural competition for the new Vltava Philharmonic Hall in Prague was announced today, May 17th, 2022, in the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP), Prague.
Vltava Philharmonic Hall Prague Design Competition Winner
The City of Prague together with the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague) organised an international competition for the new Vltava Philharmonic Hall.
World-renowned, award-winning architectural studios were invited to work on the design proposals.
The final 20 teams participating in this, one of the most important architectural competitions in Europe these days, include names such as MVRDV, Sou Fujimoto Architects, BIG, Henning Larsen Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Snøhetta, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield Architects and SANAA.
Prague has announced the winner of the international architectural competition for the design of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall, which is the team of the Danish studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), led by Bjarke Ingels and Brian Yang. The decision of the international jury was announced by the City of Prague together with its Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague) during a gala evening at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP). The winning design of the modern music center, which will be built in Prague’s Holešovice in the future, does not only work with the building itself, but also brings imaginative solutions for the public space, envisages making the river bank accessible and opens up the Philharmonic Hall’s outdoor terraces, including the roof, to everyone equally.
“Many aspects had to be taken into account when selecting the winning design. The site for the philharmonic hall currently complicates the opportunity for people to meet instead of encouraging it, so the emphasis was not only on the architecture and operation of the building, but also on the design of the public spaces in the surrounding area. The Vltava Philharmonic Hall will become a vibrant center of life in Vltavská street – a new city park will stretch eastwards from the building, the south side will open up access to the water, a square will be created on the west side and there will be a view of the new Bubny-Zátory district to the north. The building itself will be accessible from all directions and levels,” says Michal Sedláček, chairman of the competition’s jury.
The ambition of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall is to attract not only classical music fans, but also the general public. The winning design by the BIG studio envisages the construction of three halls, but it will also house the music department and the creative hub of the Municipal Library of Prague, visitors can look forward to a café or rooftop restaurant, and many will certainly take advantage of the educational activities on offer. In the case of the Vltava Philharmonic, the roof will be a continuation of the public space of the square – the stepped form will allow those interested to climb to the top without having to enter the building, so everyone will be able to enjoy a unique panoramic view of the whole of Prague.
The authors of the design turn to Šumava, to the sources of the Vltava River – this is where the wood that will be used in the construction of the building should come from. The wooden ceilings will permeate from the exterior to the interior, symbolically highlighting the theme of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall’s openness to its surroundings. Emphasis will also be placed on the implementation of glass, another element typical of the Czech Republic, which dominates the facade of the building.
The Vltava Philharmonic will also be the home of two orchestras – the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK and the Czech Philharmonic. Both orchestras will find adequate residential spaces here, but also facilities for expanding their educational programs for the public. Music schools of various levels will also be involved and will be able to use the Vltava Philharmonic Hall’s facilities for their teaching. Representatives of the Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, as well as the Municipal Library in Prague, participated in the preparation of the architectural competition brief and were invited to jury the competition, thus being able to comment on the needs of individual entities.
The new Vltava Philharmonic Hall building will help kick-start the transformation of one of Prague’s most important brownfield sites – the new Bubny-Zátory district should be built in its place, which will eventually become home to 25,000 residents in 11,000 apartments. Construction work is expected to start in 2027, and the new concert hall should be completed in 10 years, i.e. in 2032.
Vltava Philharmonic Hall Prague design by BIG – Building Information
Studio: Bjarke Ingels Group
Authors: Bjarke Ingels, Brian Yang
Client: Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague) & The City of Prague
Project location: Prague, Czech Republic
Completion year: 2032
AED PROJECT – Aleš Marek, Šárka Schneiderová; John Henley, Karel Košek, Tomáš Hrádek; NAGATA ACOUSTICS – Marc Quiquerez, Neza Kravanja; THEATRE PROJECTS – Findlay Ross, Mark Stroomer; BURO HAPPOLD – George Keliris, Kostis Lysikatos, Michael Keverne; SYSTEMATICA – Tiffanie Yamashita; FRONT – Marc Simmons, Jill Fredrickson
Previously on e-architect:
9 November 2021
Vltava Philharmonic Hall Prague Competition Shortlist
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The advancing teams are:
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OFFICE KGDVS + Christ & Gantenbein
Mecanoo + CHYBIK+KRISTOF
Barozzi Veiga + Atelier M1
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Cobe + Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
ŠÉPKA ARCHITEKTI + MANGADO Y ASOCIADOS
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Bjarke Ingels Group
Henning Larsen Architects
Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos
Bevk Perovic Arhitekti
Petr Hájek Architekti
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“Starting today, all interested parties may officially submit their competition applications. Five entities, chosen primarily from among the most renowned architectural studios, will be asked to participate directly. These are Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Snøhetta, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield Architects and SANAA. We also expect a strong showing from Czech architects, because as professionals we view this as an exceptionally open competition, which means they’ll have a great chance to win,” stated the Chairperson of the jury, Michal Sedláček.
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