Following 120 entries for the competition, the City of Prague has published the names of 15 architectural teams that will prepare a proposal for the future Vltava Philharmonic Hall, which will be developed in the next decade in the vicinity of the Vltavská metro station. 5 renowned architectural studios have already been invited to participate in the international architectural competition. In total, 20 architectural teams from 11 countries will take part in the competition.
"We were very pleased with the great interest of Czech and international studios, which testifies to the prestige of the Vltava Philharmonic project. There were really many quality portfolios and it was not easy to choose 15 final teams. I am very glad that we can finally officially share the list of names of architectural teams that we will now contact to develop a proposal for a new philharmonic. The final twenty from 11 countries around the world have work experience not only from the public but also the private sector, and offer cultural and opinion diversity, " said the jury chairman Michal Sedláček.
The selected teams are Mecanoo & CHYBIK + KRISTOF, ALA + OV-A, MVRDV, OFFICE KGDVS + Christ & Gantenbein, Barozzi Veiga + Atelier M1, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Cobe + Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, ŠÉPKA ARCHITEKTI + MANGADOS Y FOCIA Partners, Bjarke Ingels Group, Henning Larsen Architects, Carrilho da Graça Arquitectos, JAJA Architects, Bevk Perovic Arhitekti and Petr Hájek Architekti. Selected designs will be complemented by five participants, who were directly invited by Prague in August to develop proposals. These are international architectural studios composed of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Snøhetta, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield Architects and SANAA.
The final architectural design for the Vltava Philharmonic will be selected in April 2022. The construction itself should begin in 2027 and could be completed in 2031.