Prague Contemporary Music Centre to be built in Holešovice

Prague has announced the winner of the international architectural competition for the design of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall, which is the team of the Danish studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), led by Bjarke Ingels and Brian Yang. The decision of the international jury was announced by the City of Prague together with its Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague) during a gala evening at the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP).


The winning design of the modern music center, which will be built in Prague's Holešovice in the future, does not only work with the building itself, but also brings imaginative solutions for the public space, envisages making the river bank accessible and opens up the Philharmonic Hall's outdoor terraces, including the roof, to everyone equally.


The ambition of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall is to attract not only classical music fans, but also the general public. The winning design by the BIG studio envisages the construction of three halls, but it will also house the music department and the creative hub of the Municipal Library of Prague, visitors can look forward to a café or rooftop restaurant, and many will certainly take advantage of the educational activities on offer. In the case of the Vltava Philharmonic, the roof will be a continuation of the public space of the square – the stepped form will allow those interested to climb to the top without having to enter the building, so everyone will be able to enjoy a unique panoramic view of the whole of Prague.


The authors of the design turn to Šumava, to the sources of the Vltava River – this is where the wood that will be used in the construction of the building should come from. The wooden ceilings will permeate from the exterior to the interior, symbolically highlighting the theme of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall's openness to its surroundings. Emphasis will also be placed on the implementation of glass, another element typical of the Czech Republic, which dominates the facade of the building. The new Vltava Philharmonic Hall building will help kick-start the transformation of one of Prague's most important brownfield sites – the new Bubny-Zátory district should be built in its place, which will eventually become home to 25,000 residents in 11,000 apartments. Construction work is expected to start in 2027, and the new concert hall should be completed in 10 years, i.e. in 2032.

About Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

The award-winning architectural studio Bjarke Ingels Group, with offices in Copenhagen, London, New York, Barcelona and Shenzhen, employs professionals from the ranks of architects, designers, engineers, as well as theoreticians working in the area of architecture, urbanism, research and building development. Many of the designs by BIG, which was founded in Copenhagen in 2005 under the direction of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, are unique in their use of pioneering technologies and often stand out for their defiance of traditional conventions and dimensions, as in the case of Amager Bakke, a state-of-the-art waste incinerator in Copenhagen that doubles as a ski slope, the LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, which resembles the bricks of the famous building set, or the Méca (Maison de l'Économie Créative et de la Culture en Nouvelle-Aquitaine) in Bordeaux, France.
The studio's portfolio also includes designs for residential buildings, museums and exhibition centers.