BIG won the competition for the Prague’s Vltava Philharmonic Hall

Imaginative solutions for the public space, accessible river bank and open outdoor terraces, including the roof: these are the strengths of the winning design.

The Danish studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) won the international competition for the design of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall, which will be built in Prague’s Holešovice district.

The design by BIG will house the Prague Symphony Orchestra – traditionally known as FOK, which stands for Film-Opera-Koncert – and the Czech Philharmonic, as well as the music department and the creative hub of the Municipal Library of Prague. The aim of the Philharmonic Hall is to attract not only classical music fans, but also the general public.

Visitors will also be able to take advantage of the educational activities offered by these and other entities related to the musical world. and the roof will be a continuation of public space of the square below. Its stepped shape is made to allow those interested to climb to the top without having to enter the building, so everyone will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the whole of Prague.

The new Philharmonic Hall – that should be completed in 10 years – will help kick-start the transformation of one of Prague’s most important brownfield sites in the new Bubny-Zátory district, which will become home to 25,000 residents in 11,000 apartments.

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