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Bjarke Ingels Group chooses AFRY as General Designer of the Prague Philharmonic Hall

Mon, 13/11/2023 - 09:00 CET

The Danish Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) studio has chosen AFRY as the general designer and local architect of the new Prague concert building. The design by the Danish architects won a prestigious international architectural competition launched by the capital city of Prague last year.  

Located in the capital of the Czech Republic, the Vltava Philharmonic Hall is envisioned to become a national cultural centre for the public. This remarkable project deals with the design of the concert building itself and transforms the space in the vicinity of the hall by opening the poetic Vltava embankment for visitors.

"Any metropolis, be it Paris or New York, needs to maintain a vibrant city centre. It's important that Prague also continues to develop its richness and colour, which are musical in nature, and allows it to bring in another layer in the form of modern architecture. We are honoured to be able to contribute to this," says BIG.

The Vltava Philharmonic Hall will become a home to two orchestras - the Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. Both orchestras will find their residences and educational facilities in the new centre. With a geometry rising from the Vltava River to the Prague skyline, the design of the Vltava Philharmonic Hall includes a series of public spaces, sloping colonnades and accessible terraces leading from the riverbank to the roof. These will make the concert centre accessible to all visitors, not just listeners of classical music.

Hand in hand with the concert centre, preparations for a challenging transport solution for the entire city area have been taking place. Therefore, the designers of AFRY work also on a complex solution that provides for transport by metro, trams, cars, buses, taxis, bicycles, river ferry and train.

"We greatly appreciate the fact that BIG, which is a world leader in the field, has chosen us as its main partner to cooperate on designing a modern architectural symbol of Czech music. The project will provide Prague with its first concert hall dedicated to symphonic music in more than a century," says Ivo Šimek, Country Manager Czech Republic and Slovakia, AFRY.

Visualizations to be downloaded Visualization credit: Bjarke Ingels Group

For further information, please contact:

Anna Magni, Head of Communications, Infrastructure, AFRY
+46 10 505 39 74, anna.magni@afry.com

Ivo Šimek, Country Manager Czech Republic and Slovakia, AFRY
+420 60 271 51 94, ivo.simek@afry.com

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