The City of Prague has announced an international contest for a major overhaul of the historic 14th-century Karlovo náměstí.
Open to teams of architects, landscape architects, and civil engineers, the competition will identify a new vision for the public space which hosts the city’s iconic New Town Hall, the Czech Technical University, and several churches.
The project aims to transform the square into a ‘versatile and high-quality public space’ where existing natural and historic features are preserved. The scheme will also create a master plan for the square and its surrounding network of streets, which harmonizes pedestrian, road, tram and rail infrastructure.
Karlovo náměstí was laid out in 1348 as part of the New Town of Prague established by Emperor Charles IV. The square was originally intended as the city’s principal public space but is today eclipsed by the nearby Wenceslas Square.
Five finalist teams will receive around £14,000 (400,000 CZK) each to participate in a ‘competition dialogue’ involving a series of workshops next year during which design ideas will be developed. The overall winner will receive an estimated £800,000 (22 million CZK) contract to deliver the scheme.
The deadline for applications is 4 pm local time on 12 October.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Prague Institute of Planning and Development,
Vyšehradská 57, 128 00 Praha 2