BIG sees the biggest names in the world win a new concert hall in Prague

The supersar practice saw 18 other finalists, including a number of teams that had been shortlisted in the Vltava Philharmonic Hall competition, including David Chipperfield Architects from London, SANAA from Tokyo and Diller Scofidio + Renfro from New York. Organized by the Institute of City Planning and Development (IPR Prague), the competition attracted 115 entries from 25 countries.

It is understood that BIG will receive €120,000 for winning the job. A second prize of €80,000 was awarded to Barozzi Veiga + Atelier M1; a third of €50,000 was given to the Slovenian company Bevk Perović Arhitekti; a quarter of €40,000 went to local studio Petr Hájek Architekti; and the fifth prize of €35,000 was won by Norway’s Snøhetta.

The city institute solicited proposals for an 1,800-person main concert hall, as well as 700-seat chamber space, a 500-seat multipurpose studio, music library and refreshment facilities.

Scheduled for completion in 2032, the project will transform a large industrial wasteland near Vltavská metro station and be the city’s first new concert hall in over 100 years. The 4 ha project will form the centerpiece of a new cultural and civic quarter being created in the Bubny-Zatory redevelopment area of ​​the Holešovice district of Prague.

According to the brief: “The Vltava Philharmonic Hall will have two resident orchestras: the Czech Philharmonic and the FOK Prague Symphony Orchestra. The outdoor public space, which will provide opportunities to meet, rest or host all kinds of activities and events, will be an integral part of the whole project. All this combined will make the Vltava Philharmonic Hall a cultural center that will be bustling 24/7, 365 days a year, attracting a wide range of visitors.

Michal Sedláček, president of the competition jury, said: “Many aspects had to be taken into account when selecting the winning design.

“The site of the Philharmonic Hall is currently making it difficult for people to meet instead of encouraging it, so the emphasis has been placed not only on the architecture and operation of the building, but also on the design public spaces nearby.

“The Vltava Philharmonic Hall will become a vibrant center of life on Vltavská Street. A new municipal park will extend east from the building; the south side will open access to 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.

BIG’s victory in Prague comes as the architect, in collaboration with Heatherwick Studio, unveiled Google’s first-ever purpose-built office building, the Bay View campus in California.

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