Team Sant en Co, joined by our local collaborators M1 architects and Promika engineers, was shortlisted as one of the five teams that were working in an almost year-long participative process with the municipality of Prague and stakeholders on a new vision and renewal design of this intriguing place. We are proud to present our vision with which we won the third price.
Unique site in the heart of Prague
Charles Square, one of the biggest medieval squares in Europe, is a unique place in the heart of Prague. Historically it was the main square of the New Town, part of the grand urbanistic composition of three squares of the Prague‘s New Town from the 1340’s, the pilgrimage destination in the Holy Roman Empire. Later it became the representative garden jewel of the early 20th century Prague. The park is a heritage site and relaxation area in the dense city centre. However, a long term conflict between the current needs, traffic issues and heritage protection contributed to its bad condition, which must be addressed.
Holistic multi-layered approach
In our vision, the renewed Charles Square is multi-layered in its appearance and meanings: it is a cultural heritage as well as a vibrant city square and a lush green paradise at the same time. We provide a holistic plan; on the one hand we build on the history and on the other hand it is a step into the future. Charles square can be a quality square again by reducing the traffic, by activating the facades and the park edge and by bringing the inner city quality to the square. We strengthen and restore the lush green paradise quality by improving the water management of the park and the growing conditions of the trees. New and more interactive water features, contemporary art and space for nowadays activities are introduced. The result is a unique combination of an urban square and a green paradise, a tribute to the history and a durable frame for all present and future activities of inhabitants. A holistic renewal of the monumental splendour!
By reducing the car traffic and opening and activating the mantle of the park, we bring the inner-city quality in the streets around and in the park edge. Creating more liveliness and space along the facades and connecting it to the park has a positive impact on both streets and park and will improve social security. The park mantle serves as a connector between the vibrant streets and an attractive and accessible park.