Industrial Palace wing could be rebuilt next year

Replacing the burned wing is one of several planned upgrades to Výstaviště

The construction of the replica of the burned-out wing of Průmyslový palác (Industrial Palace) in Výstaviště in Prague 7–Holešovice could begin next year and cost around Kč 1.3 billion. The wing of the historical building was destroyed by fire in 2008.

The city had been considering building a temporary structure for Kč 40 million to Kč 60 million. Plans to make a replica have proceeded faster than planned, according to Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO).

The site is still caught up in legal issues related to the fire. The company Reality MK was renting Průmyslový palác at the time of the fire. The city has been seeking damages, but Reality MK is now in liquidation and claims assets of just tens of thousands of crowns. Mayor Krnáčová declined to comment on the pending litigation.

A tent now covers the wing. The city intends to cover the tent with a scaffolding so a visualization of the restored wing can be shown in time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in October.

The wing was destroyed in a fire in 2008 (see video below) when an electric stove with a coffee pot was left on overnight during an exhibition. Chemical vapors from another display eventually reached the hot burner and ignited.

The building was built in 1891 by architect Bedřich Münzberger in the Art Deco style. During the communist era, party congresses were held at the Industrial Palace. The palace is 238 meters long and the central part is 51 meters high.

Finally rebuilding the damaged wing is just one of the changes planned for Výstaviště. The existing entrance gate, which has an uninviting industrial look, should be taken down this year. Next year it will rebuild with a more artistic design.

A rose garden should be renewed and a playground should be built next to the U Primasů restaurant.

Future plans call for a grilling area and a bike park. A biotope swimming area using groundwater is also planned.

The restaurant Pražan will also be renovated with a mini-brewery and changed to the area.

The Bohemia restaurant, which has been sitting derelict, should be reopened. Renovation should cost Kč 50 million. Divadlo Spirála (Spiral theater) was damaged in the 2002 floods. It should reopen after a Kč 65 million renovation.

About 1.7 million people visited Výstaviště last year, about 330,000 more than in 2016. Some 140 events took place last year there.

Výstaviště was built for the Jubilee Exhibition of 1891, also called the General Land Centennial Exhibition. There was a large renovation of the area in 1991.

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