Vltava Philharmonic Hall

Vltava Philharmonic Hall

Prague, Czech Republic


Size: 49,700 m2
Status: Design
Project Design: 2022
Address: Holešovice, 170 00 Prague 7, Czechia
Client: The City of Prague

Design Team: Mecanoo and CHYBIK + KRISTOF.

Photography: Plomp, Mangoshake, Mecanoo.

The new Vltava Philharmonic Hall is designed as a contemporary symbol of culture, urbanism and architecture, offering a dignified representation of the Czech Republic in an international context. The proposal follows the development of modern construction and top acoustic design of philharmonic halls. This is combined with glass art articulated in the form of the glazed facade. It directly refers to the tradition of the Czech glassmaking school, renowned and rediscovered by a global audience.

The new building of the Vltava Philharmonic respects the important urban and visual axis of the building of Elektrické Podníky and the Church of St. Anthony of Padua. It seamlessly connects with the materials of the main and chamber hall. The chamber hall is intentionally located externally from the view of the dominance of the church towers, thus responding to the entry and exit of the busy future HOLKA footbridge also used by the inhabitants of Holešovice and Karlín. We dedicate the most valuable position of the selected plot to the main hall and its foyer - the corner of Bubenská Street with a outlook onto the Vltava River and the historical view of Prague.

This place offers a unique visual experience for visitors to the great hall. The Philharmonic building therefore becomes a distinctive and understandable icon, which thanks to the wide riverbed of the Vltava River, also works with views in the distance. All urban spaces that the building follows or directly creates have a scale characteristic of Prague and include diverse nature with a variety of uses. We were inspired by the block (a specific structure of the local districts adjacent to the site), the division into public streets and squares and semi-public courtyards. The music courtyard has a public function with a similar community character.

In terms of the connection of the building to the public space, the new Vltava Philharmonic aims to tie together the urban surroundings and at the same time develop and cultivate them. Our ambition is to create a diverse mix of urban public spaces that can be clearly identified. We’ve created the waterfront, square, courtyard, boulevard, street and alley. Always regarding the specific scale of Prague. Collectively a new music cluster in the heart of the city has been defined.

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