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smíchov city - Urbanistic design of the Smíchov City project

A high-quality public area consisting of streets, parks and squares, defined by city blocks. This is the principle of a traditional city and the principle the urbanistic concept of the new Smíchov City District is based on.

We are familiar with these principles from the original Smíchov, central Karlín, Vinohrady, Vršovice, Holešovice, Žižkov and Dejvice. But we don’t wish to simply copy a traditional 19th century city. We wish to retain the best of the original concept and eliminate classic problems.

This is why the Smíchov City Project places emphasis on resolving the traffic situation, interconnecting housing and leisure time, all the requisite community facilities including a school, nursery school, and services and shops at the edges and a concept for including greenery. Our goal is to create a fully-fledged live urban area, where it will be a pleasure to live and spend time.

 

Smíchov City in numbers

 

Smíchov City will replace the Smíchov Station railway operations area of an area of approximately 200,000 m2. The project will offer housing here for approximately 3,300 residents, in addition to nearly 190,000 m2 for services, shopping and offices, which will provide a modern environment for 9,000 jobs.

 

The urbanists also considered traffic and parking

 

Improvement of the traffic situation in the locality is an important element of the Smíchov City project. The new solution assumes diversion of traffic around the edges of the area with internal service roads and parking in underground garages and establishment of an integrated transport node.

Long-distance and suburban bus lines will be moved from Na Knížecí Square to the area by the crossroads of Radlická and Dobříšská streets. This will result in the most complex transport terminal in Prague with a large-capacity P+R car park, with transfers between the underground, trams, buses and trains.

 

 

A WALK TO THE MARKET

Moving the bus parking area will vacate areas on Na Knížecí Square, which will create space for realisation of a new concept for this square with placement of a building of city-wide importance (i.e. a concert hall or market).

A 28 m wide pedestrian boulevard will be created between Na Knížecí Square and the new south terminal. The boulevard will include shops and services at the edges and will afford views of Prague Castle and Saint Wenceslas Church. This boulevard will also be edged with trees.

A park will adjoin the boulevard in the central area of Smíchov City. This will be the site of a fully-fledged elementary school for 9 classrooms, with a gymnasium, dining room and nursery school with 6 classrooms.

A shopping centre will be built at the end of the Boulevard, which will be connected to the train station, underground, municipal buses and trams on Nádražní Street by a new footbridge. A new, modern station concept will be created, as is usual abroad, and will improve comfort when waiting for a train for instance.

 

 

 

GREENERY WILL REPLACE THE RAILWAY IN SMÍCHOV

A new park, of an area of approx. 14,000 m2, will be established in the central part of Smíchov City. To give you an idea, this park will be as big as Waldstein Gardens. The extensive green spaces will complete the well-thought out concept of greenery in the streets, on the squares and within the blocks.

New streets in Smíchov City will consequently be designed to be wider, so that trees can grow on both sides.

The new greenery will replace the unused storage areas and railway tracks and will contribute. The aesthetic and hygienic importance (reduction of air pollution, maintenance of a pleasant micro-climate, noise and dust reduction) of the trees contributes to reduction of pollution throughout the locality.

 

 

The new district intends to cover the areas vacated by the railway. It does not wish to rise above the surrounding houses, which is why it adheres to street axes, the height level and the clearance distances.

The administrative buildings will create a natural barrier between the busiest streets and the residential buildings in order to adhere to hygienic regulations. The residents’ comfort will not be disturbed.

Residential blocks will be divided into individual houses, the size of which will correspond to blocks of flats in a traditionally built city. Each of these houses will be designed by a different architect, in order to guarantee sufficient variety.

The residential houses will meet the highest standards for urban housing - from comfort to economy. Buildings will meet low-energy standards at least, but there will also be passive buildings. Offices will be certified according to the international BREEAM or LEED systems without exception.

The Smíchov City project does not dominate the Prague panorama, on the contrary, it offers views of landmarks such as Hradčany, Vyšehrad, Karlov and Zlíchov Church.

 

 

 

THE 1ST PHASE OF THE SMICHOV CITY PROJECT WILL BE BASED ON 6 DESIGNS

The urbanistic study by the A69 architekti studio has become the basis for a modification to development plan No. 2710/00 of city-wide signficance, which was approved by the Municipal Authority of the Capital City of Prague in May 2014. The Institute for Planning and Development of the Capital City of Prague was actively involved in preparation of this study and the study was regularly consulted with Prague 5 City District. It was also presented to the public several times.

A non-anonymous architectural competition for design of selected blocks in the 1st phase was announced at the turn of 2014 and 2015, on the basis of the study and the provisions of the modification to the development plan. A total of 12 studios from the Czech Republic and abroad submitted designs.

The design by the Kuba & Pilař studio was selected as the winner. The jury was particularly interested in the concept that it would be appropriate to divide the blocks into individual buildings in order to create the varied appearance of a town. Each of the houses should be designed by a different architect: Haascookzemmrich STUDIO 2050, Chalupa architekti + A.L.T. Architekti, Lábus – AA – Architektonický ateliér, D3A and Projektil architekti.

 

 







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