Vítězné náměstí to be redesigned

A unified plan for the square should relieve traffic and make it more friendly

An international design competition is being called for changes to Vítězné náměstí in Prague 6. The competition will be overseen by a working group of politicians and architects. The square in not unified in its current form and is burdened with high traffic.

The competition is being prepared by the Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) and the Town Council of Prague 6. The working group will include either Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) or Deputy Mayor Petr Dolínek (ČSSD). Entries should be filed by April 2017.

The square design has never been complete and suffers from poor use of its public spaces. The competition entries should address how to complete the square and which public areas should be linked. A unified approach to facades facing the square should also be included.

Automobiles, trams and buses currently use the square. Car traffic has increased significantly since the opening of the Blanka Tunnel in September 2015. The cars go from the square down Svatovítská Street to the Blanka Tunnel entrance at Prašný most.

Vítězné náměstí was built in 1925 and joins the roads Evropská, Čs. armády, Jugoslávských partyzánů, Svatovítská and Dejvická. The original square was designed in 1920 by architect Antonín Engel, but the design was only partly built due to the economic downturn in the late 1920s.

Colloquially people call the square Kulaťák, since it is round rather than actually square. Over the years it has had a number of official names. From 1925 to '40 it was Vítězné náměstí, referring to the successful struggle for Czechoslovak independence in 1918. From 1940 to '45 it was náměstí Branné moci, referring to German armed forces during the occupation. The name was restored to Vítězné náměstí in 1945 and '46 and then to náměstí Edvarda Beneše from 1946 to '52. Finally it was náměstí Říjnové revoluce from 1952 to 1990, referring to the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia.

There was a statue of Vladimir Lenin on the northeast corner square until 1990. The metro stop there, now called Dejvice, was Leninova from 1978 to 1990. Dejvice also was the terminal of the metro A line until the line was extended in 2015. There is currently a metal memorial pillar for foreign soldiers on the square.

It has had a new cultural area called Šesťák since May 2016, with events daily and places to relax and to recycle books or play games. The square also has farmers markets.

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