Danish architects will design the surroundings and the hall of the main railway station in Prague
Architects from Henning Larsen Architects, a Copenhagen studio, will design the Prague main station's concourse, the revitalization of Vrchlického Sady and the construction of the tram line Muzeum - Bolzanova. The result of the competition, which was announced jointly by the Prague City Hall, the Prague Transport Company (DPP) and the Railway Administration (SŽ), was approved by the city councillors at an extraordinary meeting today. The public announcement of the results will take place next week.
The subject of the competition were several projects related to the station and its surroundings. The teams were given the task of designing a new look for the new concourse, the reconstruction of which is planned by SŽ. For the municipality, they designed the Vrchlického Sady landscaping and for DPP, the tram line that will run from Vinohradská Avenue around the station to Bolzano Street.
The competition began last May and took the form of a so-called competitive dialogue, during which invited experts and representatives of the municipality, the transport company, SŽ and other interested parties were involved in the preparation together with the designers. From the original 26 applications, the evaluation committee selected five candidates and then three finalists.
What the committee appreciated about the winning proposal was the comprehensiveness and coherence of the solution across the themes. "It gives a harmonious impression," reads the approved document. The winning studio will now enter into separate contracts with all three of the competition's sponsors and will refine its proposal into an architectural study and then project documentation for the individual projects. "Implementation is expected to start in 2028 at the earliest," the document says.
The team of Barcelona-based Miralles Tagliabue EMBT and OCA architects came second in the competition behind the Danish studio, while the consortium of Czech studio re:architekti, Italian studio baukuh studio associato and Italian studio Yellow Office came third. The public announcement of the competition results will take place on 27 November at the city's Centre for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAMP).