NEW ŽIŽKOV CENTRE
competition proposal, 2nd round
Prague, Czech Republic, 2018
GUBAHÁMORI (Sándor Guba, Péter Hámori, Sándor Novák)
BIVAK (Áron Vass-Eysen, Tamás Máté)
Gábor Soóki-Tóth MRCSI
‘Žižkov Skyline’ is the new landmark residential project in Prague. The ambitious program of 1300 residential units, retail, services and a new kindergarten fill massive buildings with towers, that embrace a green urban courtyard. Special attention was given to the ground floor experience and the public and semi-public spaces. The lavish green areas around the buildings as well as the roofs – the 5th façade of the complex – hosts a variety of leisure, sports and recreational functions.
Two large building volumes accommodate the development program: a solitary tower and a courtyard building with high-rises at both ends. The megastructure is broken up into separate buildings. Each building accommodates a community sharing exclusively used facilities on the roof terraces. The sculptural form and the large scale make the project a landmark. The design of the publicly accessible area opens up towards Olšanská, while lush vegetation and level difference separates the project from the busy Janá Želivského. Cladding of the public surfaces outline the areas where visitors are welcome. The gradually intensified green parkland indicates the semi-private character of the area embraced by the buildings. The ground floor functions and the landscaping provide a pleasant human scale for the project. The ground floor shop windows have dedicated signage to facilitate the architectural integrity.
The new towers, among them the highest structures in Prague, are clearly visible from the city. The highest has a distinctive double skin, while the other buildings have solid surface punctuated by openings. The cladding colours selected blend into the tiled roofline view of the city from a distance.