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Prague knows the winners of the international architectural competition for the design of
the Vltava Philharmonic Hall; it is the team of the Danish studio Bjarke Ingels Group.


An international architectural competition for the design of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall was announced by the City of Prague together with the Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague) at the end of August 2021. A total of 115 teams from 25 countries entered the competition, with 5 renowned architectural studios also invited to participate in advance. In November 2021, the international jury announced the finalists – who submitted 19 competitions designs, from which the winner, the Bjarke Ingels Group, emerged in May 2022. In addition to BIG, the top-ranking studios include Barozzi Veiga + Atelier M1, Bevk Perović Arhitekti, Petr Hájek Architekti, and Snøhetta.


The finalists of the competition were:


  1. ALA + OV-A
  2. MVRDV
  3. OFFICE KGDVS + Christ & Gantenbein
  4. Mecanoo + CHYBIK+KRISTOF
  5. Barozzi Veiga + Atelier M1
  6. Sou Fujimoto Architects
  7. Cobe + Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
  8. ŠÉPKA ARCHITEKTI + MANGADO Y ASOCIADOS
  9. Foster + Partners
  10. Bjarke Ingels Group
  11. Henning Larsen Architects
  12. Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos
  13. JAJAArchitects
  14. Bevk Perovic Arhitekti
  15. Petr Hájek Architekti
  16. Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  17. Snøhetta, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
  18. David Chipperfield Architects +Jakub Cigler architekti
  19. SANAA

The decision of the international jury was published by the City of Prague together with its Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague) on 17. 5. 2022 during a gala evening at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP). The winning project of the modern music center, which is to be built in Prague´s Holešovice, not only works with the building itself, but also brings imaginative solutions for public areas; it envisages making the riverbank accessible and opens up the Philharmonic Hall´s outdoor terraces, including the roof, to everyone without distinction.

When selecting the winning design, it was necessary to take into account many aspects. The site of the philharmonic hall currently complicates the meeting of people instead of encouraging it, so the focus was not only on the architecture and operation of the building, but also on the design of the public spaces of the surrounding area. The Vltava Philharmonic Hall as designed by the BIG studio will become a vibrant center of life in Vltavská street – a new urban park will stretch eastwards from the building, the south side will open up access to the water, a square will be created on the west side and a view of the new urban district of Bubny-Zátory to the north. The building itself will be open to those interested from all six directions and levels.

The ambition of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall is to attract not only classical music fans, but also the general public. The winning design by the BIG studio envisages the construction of three halls, but it will also house the music department and creative hub of the Municipal Library of Prague, visitors can look forward to a café or rooftop restaurant, and many will certainly take advantage of the educational activities on offer. In the case of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall, the roof will be a continuation of the public space of the square – the stepped form will allow those interested to climb to the top without having to enter the building, so everyone will be able to enjoy a unique panoramic view of the whole of Prague.

The Vltava Philharmonic Hall will also be the home of two orchestras – the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic. Both orchestras will find here adequate residence spaces as well as facilities for expanding their educational programs for the public, which are an integral part of the activities of both entities. Music schools of various levels will also be involved and will be able to use the Vltava Philharmonic Hall´s facilities for their teaching. Representatives of the Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Municipal Library of Prague, participated in the preparation of the architectural competition brief and were invited to jury the competition, thus being able to comment on the needs of individual entities.

The winning architectural studio Bjarke Ingels Group with offices in Copenhagen, London, New York, Barcelona and Shenzhen employs professionals from the ranks of architects, designers and engineers, as well as theoreticians working in architecture, urbanism, research and building development. Many of the designs by BIG, which was founded in Copenhagen in 2005 under the direction of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, are unique in their use of pioneering technologies and often stand out for their defiance of traditional conventions and dimensions, as in the case of Amager Bakke, a state-of-the-art waste incinerator in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope, the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, which resembles the bricks of the famous building set, or the Méca (Maison de l´Économie Créative et de la Culture en Nouvelle-Aquitaine) in Bordeaux, France. The studio´s portfolio also includes designs for residential buildings, museums and exhibition centers.

After confirmation of the results of the architectural competition by the Prague City Council, the results of the architectural competition in June 2022, negotiations on a contract for the completion of the design, preparation of project documentation with the winner and the obtainment of the necessary permits to commence construction will follow. The final stage should begin with the selection of the construction contractor during 2026. Construction work is expected to start a year later in 2027, and the new concert hall should be completed in 10 years, i.e. in 2032.

Basic information:

  • Plot for the Vltava Philharmonic Hall building: 4 ha
  • Main concert hall for approx. 1,800 spectators
  • Small hall for approx. 700 spectators
  • Multi-purpose hall for approx. 500 spectators
  • Spaces for smaller events and conferences for approx. 200 spectators
  • Home to two orchestras: the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic
  • Music department of the Municipal Library, which will be the heart of the Creative Hub
  • Practice rooms, studios, teaching spaces
  • Tour route

Finalists

Bjarke Ingels Group

Author: Bjarke Ingels, Brian Yang
Cooperation person: AED PROJECT Aleš Marek, Šárka Schneiderová; John Henley, Karel Košek, Tomas Hradek; NAGATA ACOUSTICS Marc Quiquerez, Neza Kravanja; THEATRE PROJECTS Findlay Ross, Mark Stroomer; BURO HAPPOLD George Keliris, Kostis Lysikatos, Michael Keverne; SYSTEMATICA Tiffanie Yamashita; FRONT Marc Simmons, Jill Fredrickson

The Vltava Philharmonic is composed as a meandering journey from riverbank to rooftop. Public flows and bel- vedere plazas unite the city life of Prague to music within. Its halls are formed for sight, fine-tuned for sound, and orchestrated for functionality and connectivity. From this rhythmic structure, a symphony of colonnades and balconies extend as platforms for public life. Expressive yet pragmatic, the new Philharmonic will ascend to form a key landmark for Prague. From river to roof.


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Barozzi Veiga + Atelier M1

Author:Alberto Fernandez Veiga, Fabrizio Barozzi
Cooperation person: Pavel Joba, Jan Hájek, Jakub Havlas, Tereza Březovská, Martin Holba, Václav Jirásek, Motoo Komoda, Marc Quiquerez, Noémie Liotard, Findlay Ross, Mark Stroomer, Rod Manson, Leonard Grosch, Martin Schmitz, Leonard Schmidt

From a traffic machine to an urban catalysator and center of musical life in Prague. We envision to create the Inspired by the verticality of the city´s architecture and the fluid evanescence of music, the romantic architecture of the new philharmonic creates a new landmark rooted in the city, and an active, dynamic and permeable public space open to the Vltava River. As a lighthouse, under the Prague sky, the radical vertical organization of the building will create an architecture able to resonate with Prague´s castellated profile and will permit to foster a public dynamism, which will activate the urban life of the place.


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Bevk Perović arhitekti

Author: Matija Bevk, Vasa J. Perović, Kaja Stopar, Martin Tomažič, Blaž Goričan, Rok Primažič, Mitja Usenik, Samo Bojnec Valentin Tribušon Ovsenik
Cooperation person: Miomir Mijić, Gašper Blejec, Niko Kristanič

New Vltava Philharmonic is conceived as a concentrated volume - a vertical stack of concert halls, ‘liberating’ the surrounding site to develop as a large Park/Square. By stacking the concert halls, the optimal distribution of elements of the project is achieved, allowing for simultaneous use of all building programmes. Large lobbies and foyers, floating above the city roofs, offers panoramic views of the entire city. Three concert venues, hidden inside, offer best possible musical experience, and are topped by the open-air concert stage on the roof, with cafes and restaurant serving users and visitors to the building and the city. Cast glass translucent skin, a curtain suspended off the volume, shimmers over Prague at night.


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Petr Hájek Architekti

Author: Petr Hájek, Matyáš Barák, Jan Janoušek, Tomáš Pevný, Nikoleta Slováková, Martin Stoss, Natália Sýkorová
Cooperation person: Marc Quiquerez, Juraj Cholvádt, Tereza Havránková, Sára Gebauerová, Matúš Sumbal, Petr Sadovský, Dušan Zoula, Michal Dědourek, Ladislav Říha, Milan Hlava

The architectural proposal of the Philharmonic emerges from the inspiration of the river Vltava and its energy. The flow of water is transfigured into the outward forms of the halls, their interiors, and indeed all details of the building. The foyer of the main hall turns a large window to face the panorama of Prague’s historical centre and the Vltava. The building integrates architecture with the most advanced technologies of spatial and structural acoustics. Great care has been addressed to linking the complex to public spaces and the city transport systems.


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Snøhetta

Author: Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, Daniel Berlin, Jette Cathrin Hopp
Cooperation person: Tom Lamming, Knut Stockhusen, Alberto Sanchez, Dominik Pleva, Marc Quiquerez, Noémie Liotard, Rasmus Sorensen, James Burlumi

We are proposing an architecture where conventional thresholds are dissolved and blurred. We are asking ourselves; Can we make an architecture where multiple ontologies productively collide? A new fecund democratic ground – A platform rather than a building. Our answer pursues the oblique and the extreme horizontality – truly public and truly open – permeable on multiple levels and axes, literally and phenomenologically. A lithospheric plate shifted by the immense and multiple forces at play.


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JAJA Architects

Author: Jakob Steen Christensen, Jan Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Kathrin Susanna Gimmel
Cooperation person: Stephen Dietz-Hodgson, Connor Forecast, Julie Kongsbak, Alice Miller, Evita Marioglou, Magnus Tollnes Kjærnes, Tateo Nakajima, Matthew Atwood, Ed Arenius, Philip Wright, David Hegarty, Connor McGrath, Rory McGowan, Jens Linnet, Karolina Potoczniak, Zala Dimc, Dominika Misterka

From a traffic machine to an urban catalysator and center of musical life in Prague. We envision to create the next generation cultural meeting point where the Philharmonic Hall and urban life merges into one. The starting point for our proposal is creating a high-quality public place, creat- ing a natural meeting point for both music lovers and the broad public. Building upon a human centered and urban approach, we start molding the Philharmonic Hall creating a building with the highest ambition of public space and cultural experience, creating a unique setting for 24/7 ur- ban life and music along the Vltava.

The mere size of the plot is so big, our proposal is as much urban development as it’s a building. We see the plot as a catalyst in the urban transformation of Bubny and Holešovice. The plot marks a cornerstone in the Holešovice Bubny – Zátory transformation plan and should mark a characteristic building and meeting place, while connect- ing the Holešovice neighborhood to the waterfront. The Philharmonic is situated in the meeting of 2 axes, the be- ginning of the Magistral and the blue-green structure along Vltava River. We propose a hybrid building typology that meets the urban streets with a clear façade while stepping back offering the neighborhood and visitors a spectacular landscape and park overlooking the city of Prague.

Designed as a natural integrated public landscape in the city, the philharmonic’s rooftop landscape is accessible for pedestrians from all four corners of the building. The landscape consists of a series of plateaus, pockets, and openings providing a porous landscape and a vibrant life around the Philharmonic. Centrally on the roof, the land- scape rises, creating two monumental volumes shaped like a valley. The valley generates both a passage and a porous skyline and view corridor from the north. In the meeting of the landscape and volumes, the façade is programmed with an active program that provides both variation and activity on the roof.

The Philharmonic Landscape inscribes itself along the majestic Vltava River and its green and lush embankment and riverside. The embankment along the Philharmonic is a part of a green connection and park structure running from Letna Park along the green embankment and further towards the east to the planned pedestrian bridge, connecting the Rohansky Park. Seen from the historic center of Prague, the skyline of the Philharmonic is a part of the Vltava green blue structure giving a counterpart to the “City of Spires”.

The Vltava River is the biggest natural quality at the site. With the new traffic plan, the tram along Nábřeží Kapitána Jaroše is moved and frees up space to angle the eastern part of the road into the northern tunnel under the bridge, still allowing for 4 lanes – two in each direction. By adjusting the road, we gain ourselves the space to create a generous urban space and stretch the lobby all the way to the waterfront unfolding the full potential of Vltava River embankment.


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Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Author:Charles Renfro, Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Benjamin Gilmartin
Cooperation person: 4CT, Siebert+Talaš, Tomáš Janeček, Michel Desvigne, Buro Happold, Stantec Prague, Fisher Dachs Associates, L’Observatoire, Nagata, AECOM, Transsolar, Mobility in Chain

1. Scaling down
To maintain the scale of the surrounding urban fabric, the site is divided into thirds from the Hlávka Bridge to the Negrelli Viaduct and into thirds again from Antonínská Street and the Vltava River. The resulting 9-square grid defines the location of building masses and public spaces. Shops, restaurants and a connection to the Prague Market and Bubny-Zátory neighborhoods are in the arcade of the new railway viaduct structure.

City to River, River to City
A stepped landscape spanning Kapitána Jaroše Road reconciles the steep river embankment and connects both the Vltava and a new riverfront promenade with the Philharmonic site and the surrounding urban context. Two urban plazas at the NE ad NW corners of the site link all programmed locations and the waterfront park. The public can pass directly between the city and waterfront without entering the building.

3. Individual and Shared Identity
Each of the three halls – the Main Hall, Small Hall, and Multipurpose Hall – has its individual address on the site and distinct physical identity. The three building masses form a shared, open-air courtyard and are interconnected via the infrastructural level below. The largely transparent central volume, housing the Creative Hub, converges all visitors into the Common Lobby and central ticketing. It leads directly to the Multipurpose Hall above, the flanking Concert Halls to the right and left, and to the courtyard beyond.

4. Hall
A fourth hall -- the Performance Court – is a shared asset for outdoor public concerts and events. Its location in the center of the site expands the Vltava Philharmonic’s reach to broader and more diverse audiences. Integrated infrastructure for sound and light will streamline performance set-ups. A fabric roof can be deployed for rain protection. A second open-air performance space at the river’s edge is terraced into the embankment, facing a riverfront barge.

5. Urban Layer
A barrier-free public level seamlessly integrates all parts of the site. This interconnected public realm spans the urban plazas to the North at street level, the common lobby that also houses the Creative Hub and Multi Hall, the orchestra levels of the Main Hall to the East and Small Hall to the West, and the Performance Court and waterfront park to the south.

6. Shared Envelope
A common skin of local sandstone and shaped glass binds the three building masses along shared edges. Reinterpreting Prague’s rich history of masonry structures and Modernist experiments with glass facades, these surfaces accommodate variable expressions of opacity, transparency and translucency, to reveal and conceal the hall volumes and behind-the-scenes activities within.

7. Horizon
The building masses are elevated to create a clear vista between the city and the waterfront roughly 7m above street level. This public level and visual connection welcomes everyone into the Vltava Philharmonic site with or without a ticket to a concert.


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OFFICE KGDVS + CHRIST & GANTENBEIN

Author: OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Christ & Gantenbein International AG
Cooperation person: AcousticsRD, Schnetzer Puskas, Inside Outside BV

The new philharmonic hall for the city of Kepler is a perfect cube. It is a concise Music Box. an elegant instrument solely developed for the mise en scene of music, professional and precise: Its big urban windows show the different foyers to the city and incorporate the city proper into the musical life visually unfolding inside its figure. By its prominent position right at the river board of Vltava above the high way this Big House for Music creates a park and a square. The square presents both building and city and intents to turn them into a metropolitan ensemble. the Park in the back provides an ecological beacon for the new neighbourhood currently in development.

By stacking the program for the Vltava Philharmonic hall vertically, we generate a minimal footprint. This small footprint allows us to radically rethink the open space around the building, between the river and the new city quarter, space that can be truly used for the public. A real park with big trees fills half of the project site in the northern part towards the new development, while in the west a big mineral public space with a water surface becomes the main plaza leading towards the Music Box. At the river edge, a full boardwalk continues along the Vltava. This riverfront permits the Vltava to become an integral part of the site and the surrounding city.

Despite its small footprint, the monumental volume of 72x72x72 meters of the Music Box dominates the site. Through its sheer size, it relates directly to the Vltava river and the city around it. Inside, the city continues vertically, with foyers and music halls on different levels. Generous windows open its interior up to incredible views to the entire city of Prague.


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Mecanoo & CHYBIK + KRISTOF

Author: Francine Houben, Ondřej Chybík, Michal Krištof
Cooperation person: Nuno Fontarra, Rodrigo Bandini, Jiří Vala, Ingrid Spáčilová, Eliška Morysková, Ondrej Mičuda, Tomáš Wojtek, Vadim Shaptala, Tomáš Babka, Daniele Del Grosso, Victor Serbanescu, Isabella Banfi, Selin Gulsen, Omar El Hassan, Alessandro Luporino, Mattia Cavaglieri, Florian Foerster, Rob Buckley, Šárka Schneiderová, Petr Vlasák, John Henley, Jiří Petlach, Jaroslav Miklós, Martin Růžička, Motoo Komoda, Marc Quiquerez, Neža Kravanja

We designed the building of the new Vltava Philharmonic Orchestra as a contemporary representative of culture, urbanism and architecture, dignifiedly representing Czechia in an international context. The chosen expression follows the development of modern construction and top acoustic design of halls by analogy. This is combined with glass art articulated in the form of a glass facade. It directly refers to the tradition of the Czech glassmaking school, so famous and rediscovered by a global audience.


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Sou Fujimoto Architects

Author: Sou Fujimoto, Marie de France
Cooperation person: Jiří Fousek, Duncan Campbell, Marc Quiquerez, Aldo de Sousa, Laure Baretaud

Prague, the city of 100 spires stands in the Vltava, its water carries stories of this land. Music is always flowing here, when you follow the conductor’s hand, it begins to draw the 101st spire in Prague. The new philharmonic hall flows with movement, with an architectural design which echoes the flow of music, the flow of the Vltava and the flow of the people passing through. In the concert hall, we sit closely together as a whole, letting the flow of music fill up this volume.


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Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos

Author: João Luís Carrilho da Graça
Cooperation person: Luís Cordeiro, João Freire Aragão, Eckhard Kahle, Yann Jurkiewicz, Jean Hugues Manoury, João Gomes da Silva, Vasco Appleton, Rui Delgado, Pavla Melková, Miroslav Cikán, André Ramos, Camila Carpinteiro, Rui Batista, Paulo Prata Ramos, Luca Martinucci, Anna Cavazzoni, Inês Doutel, Bernardo Pimentel

The objective of the Brief is to create in Prague a unique Philharmonic Hall that would be able to meet the most exquisite international Standards, our proposal follows an idea of simplicity assuming a vibrant and intense iconic building. By developing a design process that favors the simple over the complex, we seek to achieve a depurated solution, where architecture in its purest form, serves as a support for all realities of a contemporary cultural center.


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ALA + o-va

Author: Juho Grönholm, Štěpán Valouch, Antti Nousjoki, Samuli Woolston, Jiří Opočenský, Ondřej Králík
Cooperation person: Ivana Adamcová, Chiraz Frih, David Gallo, Pauliina Rossi, Thomas Stevens, Aleksi Vuola, Jan Hájek, Františka Chaloupková, Barbora Juřičková, Ed Arenius, Philip Wright, Kelsey Habla, Rory McGowan, Cathan Quinn, Tatio Nakajima, Alan Duggan, Oto Melter, Luyao Han, Jinyuan Kang, Yongqiang Hou, Yonghao Wu, Xiaotong Shen, Mo Zhang

The new Vltava Philharmonic Hall is a total work of art. The architecture is born from the art of music, and together they form a unique experience. The dramatic shapes of the building are physical representations of the sound waves emerging from within the concert halls. The building complements the concerts by turning music into architecture. The result is a striking landmark, which invites people to visit and use the spaces, to learn, to experience and to perform to the highest standard.


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Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Author: Jean Nouvel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Cooperation person: Nagata Acoustics International

Most of the world´s great music venues aim to create the presence of a single prestigious theater chamber revealed from both inside and out. Today the programs have evolved and several chambers compete with each other in a state of seduction and internal and external presences. Geography is there to inspire History, together they are present in order to seduce both the local officials and the architects. Competitions have always been, above all, a vision, a relevant idea, and in order to accomplish this one must always build, in this place, that which cannot be done elsewhere.


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MVRDV

Author: Winy Maas, Stefan de Koning, Fokke Moerel
Cooperation person: AED: Aleš Marek, Thornton Tomasetti: Daniel Bosia, Topotek1: Martin Rein-Cano, RLB: Eddie Visscher, Transsolar: Stefan Holst, dUCKS: Pierre Jaubert de Beaujeu, Kahle: Cees Mulder, Nemec Polak: Ivan Nemec, Aveton: Tomas Hradek, Lasvit: Alena Trunečková, AED: Petr Vlasák , ETC: Jiří Souček

A culmination of Prague’s meander, the New Vltava Philharmonic Hall’s crystalline form casts a delicate figure against the formerly industrial Holešovice area and its upcoming neighbourhood. Every jewel requires a setting that reinforces the beauty of its gem, so the public space surrounding it frames its new connection to the Vltava River, while generating both a vibrant centre of cultural and social life in harmony with its natural surroundings, and multifaceted connections to the city.


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SANAA

Author: Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa
Cooperation person: MS architekti, Nagata Acoustics International, Inc, Paris, France , Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, Front, Inc., The Space Factory, Arup, Sheffield, Arup, Tokyo

Our proposal is a neighbourhood scale public space that folds inside out, creating a porous and animated new landscape. It is a one-room architecture with the atmosphere of a park: clusters of activity unfold side-by-side or together as one, visually and experientially. The design blurs any clear distinction between interior and exterior through a loose distribution of curved walls that frame each space softly, encouraging programmes to expand, contract and spill outside. The philharmonic hall sits at the heart of a design that dissolves river, street and sky into an animated total environment.


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ŠÉPKA ARCHITEKTI

Author: Jan Šépka, Jan Bárta, Marek Fischer
Cooperation person: Carlos Pereda

The philosophy of the design proposal is the compact shapes of “stones”, which arise from the inspiration of the megalithic construction of Dolmen. The resulting geometry is defined by the inserted halls and connected operations. Each “stone” takes into account the embedded hall in its geometry. The main concert hall is situated on three supports. Thus, notionally, three smaller halls support a large hall on their shoulders, creating a covered square. The concept of Dolmen is to express the monumentality that we perceive primarily in its spiritual value.


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David Chipperfield Architects + Jakub Cigler architekti

Author: David Chipperfield
Cooperation person: Alexander Schwarz, Annette Flohrschütz, Bernhard Danigel, Hubert Pawela, Eckhard Kahle, Jakub Cigler, Jan Šimek, Václav Malina, Petr Zajíc, Martin Elze, Stephen Jolly, Peter Wirtz

The site is transformed into a continuous topography, tying in with the surroundings and rising to a garden plateau with generous access to the Vltava River. The building enhances the public space into a layering of projecting terraces, reflecting both the near and distant urban and landscape setting. As a place celebrating the international communities donated by music the Philharmonic Hall, its topography and terraces form a counterpoint to Vyšehrad located opposite the city and Vltava River.


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Cobe + Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

Author: Dan Stubbergaard, Lene Tranberg
Cooperation person: Anders Christian Gade, Jan-Inge Gustafsson, Kayin Dawoodi, Peter Jackson, Jan Berglund

The 5 beating hearts of the building impact the surroundings, welcome all passers-by and send them through the city with good vibrations. Extrovert functions at street level promote urban life in the park. The design concept is inspired by musical vibrations and the ‘reflectors’ that refine them. The building is conceived as the ‘perfect instrument’ - architecture and landscape that distil the essence of music and share it with visitors across all scales. Seamless connections are created across the site from all adjoining areas, through the building and park towards the Vltava River.


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Main members

Independent part

Cukrowicz Andreas

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University in Wien and the Academy of Fine Arts in Wien. In 1996 he founded the Bregenz-based Cukrowicz Nachbaur studio. His most important realizations include the Voralrberg Museum in Bregenz, Congress Center in Innsbruck, swimming stadium in Dornbirn and fire station in Götzis. Between 2005 and 2018 he was president of the Regional Association of Architects in Vorarlberg and is currently a member of the advisory boards for design and architecture in Vorarlberg and Tyrol. He is the winner of an international architectural competition for a concert hall in Munich, where succeeded against another 30 competing designs.


Saaby Tina

She studied at Aarhus School of Architecture and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She worked as an architect and partner at the Witraz Architects studio in Copenhagen, and was vice-president of the Danish Association of Architects. She has lectured at Sheffield University, the University of Copenhagen and also at the School of Architecture, Design and Conservation at Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. From 2010 to 2019 she was an urban architect in Copenhagen. In 2019, she worked as an urban expert at Gehl's office and founded Tina Saaby Copenhagen. She is an honorary member of the Association of German Architects and the Academy of Urbanism, UK.


Sedláček Michal

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Brno University of Technology and the School of Architecture at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. After studies, he went abroad, working in New York, Moscow and Los Angeles. In Frank Gehry's studio, he collaborated on the Walt Disney Concert Hall project. In 2007, he founded a branch in Los Angeles of the architectural company Aedas, which designed the Los Angeles NFL Stadium or the Doha Sports Center in Bahrain. In 2016, he won the tender for the director of the Office of the Architect of the City of Brno, which is the main conceptual workplace in the field of architecture, urban planning and the city's creation in Brno.


Pleskot Josef

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague, where he also worked as an assistant at the Department of History and Theory of Architecture. Since 1991, he has run his own architectural office AP ATELIER in Holešovice, Prague. The most significant realizations include the new ČSOB Group headquarters, the Sonberk winery or the passage through the Prašný bridge embankment at Prague Castle. In 2014, he received the title of "Architect of the Year", mainly for the unique revitalization of the post-industrial district of the Lower Vítkovice area.


Steinbachová Marcela

She studied architecture at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, and also completed a bachelor's degree at the Institute of Education Foundations at Charles University (now the Faculty of Humanities). Since 2001, she has been leading the Kruh association, with which she organizes architects' lectures, the Architecture Day event and the Film and Architecture festival. She also founded the architectural office Skupina, which among others created the interiors of the Světozor cinema, the Roxy club or a house in Mohren, Switzerland. In 2016, she received the "Architect of the Year" award.


Gero Peter

He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, majoring in engineering structures and transport constructions, and in urban construction. He worked for the City Council in Hamburg for thirty years, twelve of which were as Director of Planning and Construction of Hamburg's central districts. He was instrumental in the creation of the Hafen City district with its many interesting buildings by world-class architects. He is currently a consultant to city administrations and a teacher in urban planning and urban development.


Dependent part

Hřib Zdeněk

Between 1999 and 2006 he studied general medicine at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine at Charles University in Prague. During his studies he completed an internship in Taiwan in 2005. In 2007, he led the electronic signature and payment tool project at MS Access, and in 2008 he was the head of the informatics section at the State Institute for Drug Control. Since 2012 he has been the Director of the Institute for Applied Research, Education and Management in Healthcare. From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the General Health Insurance Company. In November 2018, he was elected Mayor of Prague.


Zaorálek Lubomír

In 1982 he graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Brno, majoring in philosophy and economics. After graduation he worked at Czechoslovak Television in Ostrava, where he worked as a dramaturge. Between 2002 and 2006 he was the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, and from 2010 to 2013 he served as the First Deputy Speaker of the Chamber. In January 2014 he became Minister of Foreign Affairs and in August 2019 he was appointed Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Masaryk Democratic Academy, a professional think-tank.


Hlaváček Petr

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University, where he has been teaching since 1990. In 1991 he founded the architectural office RUA with architect Hana Seho-Münz. In 1993 he served as a visiting professor at the College of Architecture at University of Michigan. In 2010, he became Vice Dean for Development of the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University and founded the studio Headhand Architects. Between 2015 and 2016 he served as the director of the Prague Institute of Planning and Development. Since 2018, he has been the 1st Deputy Mayor of the City of Prague for the area of spatial planning and development. He is a member of the Czech Chamber of Architects.


Čižinský Jan

He studied history and Latin at the Faculty of Arts and political science and international relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. As an educator he taught history, Latin and civic education at Malostranské Gymnázium grammar school and lectured on economic history at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. He is the founder and leader of the “Praha sobě” and “Praha 7 sobě” initiatives. Since October 2014 he has been a deputy of the City of Prague and in November 2014 he was elected mayor of the Prague 7 district. He also led a scout troop for ten years.


Krupauer Martin

He graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Czech Technical University and Architecture at Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Since 1989, together with Jiří Střítecký, he has managed ATELIER 8000 with forty employees, headquarters in České Budějovice and a branch in Prague. Since 2012 he has been running it himself. Among the most important realizations of the atelier is the cooperation with Jean Nouvel on the project Zlatý Anděl, the administrative centre Celnice and the interior of Forum Karlín. He is a member of the Czech Chamber of Architects and a guest architect of the Slovak Chamber of Architects. He is the chairman of the Prague City Council's commission for the creation of the concert hall of the capital the head of the project team for the preparation of the architectural competition.


Independent part

Lábus Ladislav

Graduate of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University, majoring in architecture. Since 1990 he has been teaching at the Faculty of Architecture in Prague, where he was appointed associate professor and professor and in 2014 he was appointed dean. In 1991 he founded his own architectural studio Lábus.


Lund Niels Erik

Expert consultant for music performance projects and their facilities such as concert halls, recording studios and rehearsal rooms. He has been working for the Danmarks Radio for a long time. During 2015-2018 he managed the renovation project of the Sydney Opera House concert hall.


Fišer Michal

He graduated from the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Architecture and the Academy of Fine Arts - School of Architecture of Prof. Emil Přikryl. He completed his internship in Amsterdam (Onearchitecture), Berlin (Müller-Reimann Architekten). In Prague he worked in AP studio, Atelier M1 and Alt studio. In 2002 he founded his own studio “t ř i a r c h i t e k t i”.


Bělor Roman

He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University, Prague. From 1990 to 2001 he was the manager and later director of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. Since 2001 he has been the director of the Prague Spring Festival. For his contribution to cultural cooperation with France he was appointed a Knight (1995) and Officer (2011) of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. In 2012 he became a member of the board of the UNESCO International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. Since 2012 he has been the chairman of the Association for the Construction of the New Prague Concert Hall.


Salzmann Klára

She is a landscape architect and lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University. She has long been involved in landscape planning and finding consolidated solutions for nature, cultural landscapes and all living creatures including humans.


Ellis Adrian

Director of AEA Consulting since 1991 and Director of the Global Cultural Districts Network since 2013, a collaborative network of people and organizations responsible for planning, leading and operating cultural districts around the world. He has served in senior management and as a board member in the museum and performing arts industries and as a strategic consultant to leading clients in the cultural, public and business sectors worldwide.


Dependent part

Mahrik Viktor

He is a member of the Prague City Assembly, and full-time chairman of the Prague City Assembly’s Committee on Property, Ownership Interests and Business Promotion. He is also a member of the Prague City Assembly’s Transport Committee, and a member of the Prague City Council’s Commission on Property and Street Furniture.


Veselý Jakub

He studied business management at University of Economics and Management in Prague. Since 2019 he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Obecní dům, a.s. He is currently a member of the Commission of the Council of the Capital of Prague for the Creation of the Prague City Concert Hall.


Svoboda Bohuslav

He is a Czech doctor and politician. He served as the Mayor of Prague from 2010 to 2013. Since 2013 he has been a Member of Parliament of the Czech Republic. In the Chamber of Deputies he is also a member of the Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports.


Němeček Milan

He graduated from the Faculty of Education at University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem and University of Applied Arts in Prague in architecture and design. For eight years he was the head of the Department of Arts, Literature and Libraries of the Ministry of Culture. He is currently the Deputy Minister of Culture for the management of the Section of Live Arts and is in charge of the State Culture Fund.


Třeštíková Hana

She graduated in production from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Since 2018, she has served as the Prague City Councillor for Culture, Heritage Care, Exhibition and Tourism and is currently the Deputy Mayor of Prague 7.


Brož Lubomír

He graduated from the University of Economics in Prague. In 2018, he was elected to the Prague City Council and at the same time to the Prague 5 City Council. Since 2020, he has held the position of Deputy Mayor with responsibility for public space and the environment. In Prague 5, he is also a member of the Commission for Culture and Restoration of Monuments, Vice-Chairman of the Legislative and Legal Commission and a member of the Commission for the Support of Entrepreneurship and Foreign Relations.


Scheinherr Adam

He studied mechanical engineering and physics in the Czech Republic and France. He has been a Prague City Councillor since 2018 and currently holds the position of Deputy Mayor of Prague for Transport. At the Institute of Nuclear Research in Řež, he is working on a UN project for the global reduction of nuclear weapons.


Wolf Jan

He graduated as a mechanical technologist from the Secondary School of Industry in Prague 10. He has been a Prague City Councillor since 2014 and currently chairs the Committee for Culture, Exhibition, Tourism and Foreign Relations of the Prague City Council.


Chabr Jan

He studied political science and international relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. Since 2018, he has been a councillor of the City of Prague and a councillor for property management. He is the Chairman of the Prague City Council's Urban Mobiliary Committee and the Inventory Commission.


Burgerová Lenka

She is an architect and historian. She is currently the deputy mayor of the Prague 7 district and teaches urban development and other urban topics at the Faculty of Architecture at University of Economics in Ústí nad Labem, the Faculty of Architecture at Czech Technical University in Prague and the Faculty of Architecture at Charles University in Prague. She is involved in several non-profit projects dedicated to the promotion and preservation of architectural and artistic heritage.


Mareček David

He is a Czech music pedagogue and manager, since February 2011 the General Director of the Czech Philharmonic. He graduated from the Brno Conservatory in piano and conducting, completed his master's studies at Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in piano, and his doctoral studies in interpretation and performance theory.


Vyhnánek Pavel

He is a Czech politician and economist. He studied economics at universities in Bologna, Italy and Nuremberg, Germany, and subsequently worked in the banking sector. In 2014 he was elected a member of Prague 7 Assembly, where he was appointed deputy mayor for finance, public procurement and investments. Since 2018 he has held the office of Prague City Deputy Mayor for finance and budget. His remit includes, inter alia, the Prague Market (Pražská tržnice), the Prague Exhibition Grounds (Výstaviště Praha), and the Prague Congress Centre (Kongresové centrum Praha).


Hainc Jaromír

Authorized architect, urban planner and researcher at Czech Technical University. Since 2012 he has been working at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, where he participated in the creation of the Metropolitan Plan of Prague, and now he is the Director of the City Detail Section.


Gross Martin

He graduated from the University of Economics in Prague. He is the deputy head of the Vltava Philharmonic project team and a founding member of the Association for the Construction of a New Concert Hall in Prague, of which he is currently the vice-chairman. In the past, he has been involved as a consultant, for example, in the construction and preparation for the operation of O2 Arena in Prague or in the preparation and construction of the Forum Karlín multifunctional hall.


Sobotka Daniel

He graduated from the University of Economics in Prague, Faculty of International Relations. He worked among others as an advisor to the Intendant of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lübeck. He chaired the Advisory Council of the Mayor of Prague for Cultural Policy. In 2013 he became the director of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK.


  • Bubny-Zátory Brownfield (110 ha).
    1 / 4 Bubny-Zátory Brownfield (110 ha).
  • New Bubny-Zátory neighborhood for 25,000 inhabitants.
    2 / 4 New Bubny-Zátory neighborhood for 25,000 inhabitants.
  • New Bubny-Zátory neighborhood for 25,000 inhabitants.
    3 / 4 New Bubny-Zátory neighborhood for 25,000 inhabitants.
  • Lot for construction of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall.
    4 / 4 Lot for construction of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall.

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