Enrico Segre Architects has recently been awarded a contract in an international competition regarding the preservation of a 110 acre-large complex in Prague, a project planned in full cooperation with the city’s preservation division. The firm was required to present a planning concept suggesting future uses of the complex, and after much research, it was decided to turn the dozens of protected buildings into an urban center that includes entertainment and commercial areas, and office buildings. The complex has since become a major attraction for both local residents and tourists.
Planning of the project addressed 2 additional markets:
A farmers’ market in the central square, which turns into an open air stage during performances, festivals, fairs and so on.
An enclosed ethnic market, located inside one of the biggest buildings in the complex, on one of the main intersections.
In addition, Enrico Segre Architectsplanned a promenade that combines cafés and restaurants, together with various tourist activities. Subsequently, one of the largest European discothèques was established on the complex grounds. The project was carried out one step at a time, as some of the buildings were inhabited and alternative housing was essential for progress. Today, the complex annually attracts 12 million people of all ages and nationalities.