In 2019, there were eight buildings in the finals, last year nine buildings and the organizing club chose the best three of the two years. Veronika Vicherková announced the two winners on Monday, October 4, in the Mlýnská café in Prague’s Kampa. The prize is awarded for a successful new building that does not disrupt, but on the contrary completes the historic environment. “For all finalists, the jury appreciated the variety of architectural means and styles with which new buildings can sensitively enter the historical environment, from purely modern expressions to noble traditionalism,” said Rostislav Švácha, chairman of the jury of the Club Award for Old Prague.
Compared to the last ten years, the year 2019 had three participants from Prague among the eight wider finalists. Of the eight mentioned buildings, the jury of the competition was most impressed by the apartment building in Prague’s Vlastislavova Street from the Projektil studio, the Corso Pod lipami apartment complex in Řevnice by Lukáš Ehl, Tomáš Koumar and Alena Šrámková and the Lasvit glass house in Nový Bor by Jiří Opočenský and Štěpán Valouch In 2019, they won the Czech Architecture Prize with this project.
Among the nine finalists of the year 2020, two buildings from Benešov appeared. The buildings that built civic communities for their needs stood out in it. The jury’s greatest interest was the multifunctional house with a large bookstore in Vnoučková Street in Benešov from the author team of Markéta Cajthamlová, the town hall in Modřice from the Bod architects studio and the fire station in Líbeznice (Ehl & Koumar architects).
So far, the last winners of the Club Award for Old Prague are Lukáš and Eva Blažek, who together form the architectural Studio Ječmen thanks to their own studio. They built it themselves on the outskirts of Olomouc in Chválkovice. To do this, use part of the gap between two houses and your own and elements of older buildings from near and far places.