Vltava Philharmonic Hall: the biggest cultural infrastructure project in the last 40 years

In 10 years, Prague will be richer for a new Vltava Philharmonic Hall in Holešovice district on the banks of the Vltava river,.

The design competition for this modern concert hall has just been formally announced by City Hall and the Prague Institute of Planning and Development. About 60 studios from around the world, including from the Czech Republic, have already expressed interest in the project. A jury led by Czech architect Michal Sedláček will choose the winning building design in May 2022.

This will be the first new major cultural space in Prague since the Palace of Culture (now the Prague Congress Centre) in 1981 and the New Stage of the National Theatre in 1983.

Mayor of Prague Zdenek Hřib stated: ”I trust that both Prague and the Czech Republic can look forward to a new and unique modern building thanks to this architectural competition, where we’ll see the very best of world architecture. Thanks to the high interest of Czech and international architects, we are expecting timeless designs that will raise the already rich architecture of Prague one level higher. I’m happy to see that the Vltava Philharmonic Hall has support across the political spectrum”.

Jury head Sedláček said: “Five entities, chosen primarily from among the most renowned architectural studios, will be asked to participate directly. These are Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Snøhetta, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield Architects and Sanaa. We also expect a strong showing from Czech architects, because as professionals we view this as an exceptionally open competition, which means they’ll have a great chance to win”.

The Vltava Philharmonic Hall will have a total of three auditoriums: the main concert hall for about 1,800 persons, a smaller hall for chamber music with a capacity of 700 seats and a multifunctional hall for other genres and events with a capacity of up to 500 seats, reports Expats.cz. The main concert hall should offer state-of-the-art acoustics, excellent spatial and visual characteristics, and facilities corresponding to 21st century standards.


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