Smíchov City project seeks a building permit

A large brownfield area in Prague 5 may become a mixed use development with a park

A new district in Prague 5 called Smíchov City could start construction in 2018. Plans for the proposed first phase include two buildings. The entire new district could take up to 15 years to complete.

Sekyra group is behind the plan to develop the space between a former freight station and the Na Knížecí bus depot. The developer is now trying to get the necessary permits to begin construction on the first two buildings.

Sekyra Group director Leoš Anderle said that the developer will submit plans in October and hopes to get a zoning decision by the middle of next year. If there are no complications, the building permit should be granted in the first quarter of 2018. The first buildings could be competed by 2020.

The first two buildings are planned across the street from Na Knížecí and will be mainly residential with some offices, as well as shops and restaurants on the ground floor. The buildings will be six stories tall. The project will also include five public spaces. A large public plaza will be next to the bus station. In the future, the plaza could be used for a municipal building.

People will have a chance to see the plans for the project and comment on them. Sekyra Group will be showing models of the project at the Mánes exhibition hall and later in Smíchov. Previous plans to develop the brownfield area in Prague 5 faced criticism from the public in the past due to the proposed height of the buildings and the narrowness of the streets. The current plan addresses those concerns.

Ladislav Lábus, dean of the Architecture Faculty at the Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT), was involved in the planning of the project. He said the space ratios were conceived generously in terms of street width and building height.

The project will offer housing for approximately 3,300 residents, and nearly 190,000 square meters for services, shopping and offices, which will provide up to 9,000 jobs. The plan also includes a 14,000 sqm park and a 600-meter-long boulevard with a 28-meter-wide tree lined avenue.

The first phase buildings were designed by Kuba & Pilař architekti, while Haascookzemmrich STUDIO 2050, Chalupa architekti + A.L.T, Architekti, Lábus – AA – Architektonický ateliér, D3A and Projektil architekti collaborated on the project.

In the long term, the main part of Na Knížecí bus depot could move to nearby Smíchovské nádraží, leaving only bus service for neighborhoods within Prague. Talks among the city, bus operators and regional transport administrator ROPID are ongoing.

If the move happens, the plans for the newly opened space could be addressed in the second phase of the Smíchov City project.

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