An International Jury Selected the Winning Proposal of the Architectonic Contest for Praha-Veleslavín Station

Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) presented the winning proposal for the future shape of Praha-Veleslavín railway station which has been recommended for implementation by the architectonic contest international jury. It was announced by SŽDC in connection with the preparation and elaboration of the project Modernization and new construction of the line Praha-Veleslavín – Praha-Letiště Václava Havla (Prague-Václav Havel Airport).

SŽDC is aware of its responsibility as infrastructure constructions’ investor within the Prague urban area; that is why it organized an architectonic contest for the first time in its history. The winning proposal deals with the railway quite functionally in connection to the underground line (metro) and other direct connections to the immediate surroundings. Moreover, we shall use selected components as a unifying design for other stations and stops on the line Prague – Kladno“, said Mr. Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC.

The authors of the winning proposals are Dalibor Hlaváček and Zuzana Kučerová from the “idhea architekti” studio in Prague. The dynamic shape of the building and its construction are inspired by railway transport speed. The architects’ main objective was to ensure logical and simple interconnection of the station with pedestrian, cyclic and public mass transport as well as individual road car transport.

We perceive Praha-Veleslavín railway station as an important transfer junction and thanks to a connection to the airport also as an entrance gate to our capital. At the same time, it is the natural centre focus of the whole quarter. That is why he designed the station building as a clearly visible orientation mark and its surroundings as a new local centre with a piazzetta. The building’s internal premises are well arranged on first sight and navigate passengers quite naturally. The station roof is designed as a big residing surface with grass interlinked by routes for pedestrians and bicycles. In this way it is connected to the linear park 10 km long which will be created in the section Veleslavín – Dejvice thanks to the planned relocation of the railway line underground“, explained the architect Mr. Dalibor Hlaváček.

An important part of the proposal is the ecological aspect due to the changing climate within the city environment. The building and its surroundings are designed in such a way to hold water naturally and to create a milieu for various ecosystems. The concept includes a use of grown trees, green roofs, climbing plants, natural soaks, accumulation and re-use of rain water.

22 proposals were registered into the contest by their authors. The international jury presided by the architects Sándor Finta and Helg Lunder selected 5 proposals to advance to Phase II; from these, the winning one was chosen and recommended for implementation by the jury. Besides Mr. Dalibor Hlaváček’s proposal, the proposals of  ra15 a.s., PROJEKTIL ARCHITEKTI s.r.o., monom works s.r.o. and ABTSMOLEN, spol. s r.o. were selected for Phase II.


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