The winner of the architectural competition for the new look of Vítězné náměstí in Dejvice, Prague, was a design by architects Pavel Hnilička, Eva Macková and Josef Filip. The Swedish studio Mandaworks AB came in second and Jakub Cigler Architekti as + Ateliér DUA sro won the third prize.
Capital City of Prague will give the authors of the winning proposal 1.2 million crowns, the second in order to get 600 thousand crowns and the third will receive 400 thousand.
In the second round, out of a total of 40 accepted proposals, a total of 5 proposals were received. All projects were submitted in Czech and anonymously, so no one from the jury knew who the authors of the individual proposals were for the entire duration of the competition.
According to Mayor Adriana Krnáčová, Vítězné náměstí has a chance to become one of the most representative places in Prague. “A significant element of the design is the central monument, which was also in the original plans of the architect Antonín Engel,” comments the mayor’s new design.
According to the mayor, the new solution could reduce traffic easier, because the tram line no longer intersects the square, but the center now goes around the west side, so it can accommodate more cars. At the roundabout, cars will be new from two lanes, not from one as it is now.
The outgoing councilor for territorial development Petra Kolínská is also satisfied with this competition. “For me, the architectural competition turned out unexpectedly well. Definitely one of the best, the current state and at the same time is feasible, “appreciated the winning proposal Kolínská.
According to Kolínský, the main advantage of the design is the enlargement of the space between the first house and the road and the inner circle, which holds the residential function. “The design also works well with the fact that over time the vacant areas in front of the CTU campus will disappear,” compare Kolínská.
Who sat on the jury?
Photo: Institute of Planning and Development of the Capital City of Prague of Prague
Independent jury members
- prof. Ing. arc. Jan Jehlík, architect-urbanist (chairman of the jury)
- Peter Heath, RIBA MRTPI, Atkins Design Director Public Realm, London
- prof. Ivan Reimann, Müller-Reimann architects, Berlin
- Ing. arc. Antonín Novák, DRNH studio, Brno
- prof. PhDr. Petr Kratochvíl, CSc., Theorist of Architecture
The members of the jury are dependent
- Mgr. Adriana Krnáčová, MBA, Mayor of Prague
- Mgr. Petra Kolínská, Deputy Mayor of the City of of Prague
- Petr Dolínek, Deputy Mayor of Prague of Prague
- Mgr. Ondřej Kolář, Mayor of Prague 6
- Ing. arc. Martin Polách, former Deputy Mayor of Prague 6
“The jury evaluated the well-thought-out location of the trees very positively. They separate the road from the center of the square and thus create an undisturbed space for pedestrians.
The Prague City Council should now order the winner of the project documentation from the winner in a negotiated procedure without publication. The proposal will be finalized and will be implemented according to IPR estimates in 5 years.
Victory Square, popularly called “Kulaťák”, is located in Prague 6 on the border of Dejvice and Bubeneč. The architectural design of the square was designed by architect Antonín Engel in the 1920s. However, his concept of the entire new district was never completed due to the global economic crisis, so Victory Square remained a torso.
Engel also planned to build houses on a plot in the northwestern part of the square. It is currently free and in addition to parking is used to organize farmers’ markets.