Industrial Palace reconstruction expected in 2020

The new City Hall administration is moving ahead with plans to rebuild

The city-funded complete reconstruction of the Industrial Palace (Průmyslový palác), including the completion of the destroyed left wing, will last at least three years. The building is part of the Výstaviště exhibition grounds in Prague’s Holešovice distict.

Tomáš Hübl, the CEO of Výstaviště, told daily Pražský deník that a start date of July 2020 looks realistic. There might be some delays if the outcome of the competition for a contractor to do the work is appealed to the Office for the Protection of Competition (ÚOHS), he added. The property department of Prague City Hall is currently preparing the building permit documentation.

During the reconstruction, the palace itself and its immediate surroundings will be closed. The space between the palace and the tram stop will continue to operate without restrictions, as will other parts of Výstaviště. The renovation was approved by the previous City Hall administration and should cost Kč 1.25 billion crowns.

Hübl said Výstaviště would shift its to more cultural events. “Moreover, thanks to the modernization of the entire interior, the Industrial Palace will be suitable for large conferences, events, professional seminars, or even balls,” he told Pražský deník.
Under the rebuilt left wing, builders will restore the basement, which once served as a kitchen for communist congresses.

The new basement will have a passage with access to both the palace itself and to the Křižík pavilions. This will expand the usefulness of the complex for exhibitors.

During the reconstruction, events will be moved to other parts of Výstaviště and some temporary spaces will be created so regular festivals such as Designblok and Book World can take place.

The left wing of the Industrial Palace was completely destroyed by a fire in 2008, and has been covered by a tent since then.

The Industrial Palace was built in 1891 in the Late Historicism or Art Nouveau style for the General Land Centennial Exhibition also called the World’s Fair. The architect was by Bedřich Münzberger. Its dominant feature is a 51 meter tall clock tower in the central section. The exhibition was inspired by the Paris World's Fair of 1889.

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