Václav Havel Airport shows future design

An exhibit highlights some of the changes coming to public spaces

Visitors to Václav Havel Airport Prague can see an exhibition of architectural designs for the new public space in front of the extended Terminal 2, which includes two new parking garages, a new spine connecting the building and the plaza, a planned outdoor area in front of the future terminal. Proposals for solutions came from an open architectural competition, which six studios from the Czech Republic and abroad participated in. The winner was the D3A studio.

The exhibition, which runs to June 11, is located in a connecting building between the two terminals and is situated in the public part of the airport so the general public can see it. The displayed visualizations show the future form of the public space in front of Terminal 2, which will become the central point of the airport following expansion and changes in the organization of passenger movement.

“In the future, Prague Airport should undergo extensive construction modifications that will significantly change its appearance. The overall transformation of the transport solution around the terminals, the completion of Terminal 2 and the implementation of new buildings and adjacent public spaces will be one of the largest investments in new infrastructure over the past 10 years,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of Prague Airport, said in a press release.

A new public and charter bus terminal will be located on the ground floor of the new car garage, which is intended to increase the comfort of parking at the airport. New buildings will largely replace existing parking capacities and will be created at the current PB Economy and PA Smart parking garages, which will be terminated.

“The new parking garage buildings fulfill the long-term plan of the Prague Airport. I believe that they will contribute to the modernization of parking services and at the same time increase the comfort and safety of passengers,” Řehoř said.

When addressing new parking spaces, Prague Airport also focuses on the future and new technologies. The parking garages are expected to have sufficient capacity for electric car charging stations, robotic parking with autonomous mechanisms, and advanced IT technology to monitor occupancy and safety. The layout of the parking house itself allows for the future development of carsharing.

Together with Parking Garage A and B, a Skywalk and plaza will be built. The Skywalk is a new building connecting the existing and newly planned buildings on the Aviatická Street axis. The three-story building will serve as a link between terminals and other buildings. Its proposal also foresees the possible emergence of shops, restaurants and other leasable premises.

The plaza, on the other hand, is a conceptual part of Terminal 2 and Aviatická Street. There will be new public areas that should also contain a large amount of greenery. At the same time, this public space should become a model for other outdoor areas of the airport.

In the coming months, a team consisting of Prague Airport representatives and award-winning studios will work on completing and developing the study based on comments and additional requirements. The project preparation for Parking Garage B will follow, the affected part of the plaza will be planned between 2019 and 2021. The construction of the first parking garage could start between 2021 and 2023.

Václav Havel Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel's death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.

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