In 2009, architect Petr Janda started a groundbreaking project in the city of Prague. To give new life to the embankment of the Vltava river, has built a series of interesting public spaces inside the vaults on the shore.
About four kilometers of banks have been revitalized and transformed. Citizens thus have more space to move and relate to each other. Before Janda intervened with his design, the area was practically deserted. The vaults had become warehouses, with cars parked a short distance away.
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Now, thanks to the hard work of the architect and his team, Prague has a pleasant promenade along the promenade and new public spaces at its disposal.
As a sign of thanks, the project was selected in the category "rebirth projects" of Dezeen Awards 2021. Respect for the structure and for the vaults themselves, has allowed the buildings to appear perfectly "integrated".
The interventions blend in a symbiotic way with the original architecture of the wall along the river, in which they blend naturally. (…) Using the acupuncture strategy, they recreate a monumental whole.architect Petr Janda
Reconstruction of the vaults of Prague
Janda decided to organize her project by relying on a three-way division:
- The glass-fronted vaults house shops and galleries
- Sections with steel doors house workshops and cafes
- The last sections, on the other hand, are intended for public toilets
One of the most interesting objectives of the intervention in Prague is to combine sustainable architecture and industry. The choice of materials is not casual, but aimed at an environmentalist approach.
To allow access to the interior spaces, fabulous additions have been added elliptical windows with a diameter of 5,5 meters. The windows can be opened mechanically and rotated on an offset axis, so as to create the right entrance passage.
At the moment, they have been modified 14 times, marked by steel entrances that connect them to the riverfront. All have the main technical services, from air conditioning to integrated heating.
Furthermore, the group of architects decided to add a bonus element to the structure; a mobile piece of furniture, which can adapt to different uses. In the bar area, for example, it transforms into a functioning counter, and becomes a reception in the shops.
The new vaults open to the public
In addition to Janda, the studio Brainwork helped supervise the setting up of the individual vaults. In this way, each space would have fully represented the initial architectural vision.
In the development phase, it was chosen to use a uniform palette for all spaces, in order to maintain a high level of coherence. Each vault is characterized by sandblasted concrete walls and ceilings, reinforced concrete floors and monolithic reinforced concrete stairs.
The doors are finished with blackened steel, while black titanium coated stainless steel defines all other structures.
In the future, the design is set to continue. In particular, the construction of a floating swimming pool, a floating terminal for cruise boats, and a series of independent bathrooms is planned.
We will soon find out what Prague still has to offer its inhabitants.