Charles square

27. července 2017

Charles Square is a public space of city-wide importance and one of the pivotal sites in the Prague Heritage Reservation. However, it need a complete reconstruction. The city has decided to announce so called procedure with competititon dialogue. It is a creative process that involves all the stakeholders from the very beginning. 

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22.9. 2017 Please note the published questions and answers explaining the Contracting documentation in the „Questions and Answers“ section.


18.9. 2017 Please note that requests to participate may only be submitted in person or by post to the address of the Contracting Authority. Important is the receipt date of the application. A participant, whose application to participate is not submitted within the specified time limit will be excluded (even in the case of objective reasons for the delivery delay).




1.9. 2017 Please notice, on 1st September 1, 2017, the tender documentation was changed on the Contracting Authority’s profile. The aim of the changes is to improve clarity of the requirements and rules. The adjustments follow recommendations, which were proposed by the experts on a meeting held after the publication of the tender documentation on 9th August 2017 at IPR Prague. We only provide updated documentation on this website. For an overview of any changes and queries, please follow the profile of the sponsor:

What is a procedure with competition dialogue?

Competition dialogue is a creative process in which all the stakeholders are involved in finding a solution from the very beginning, in other words, from the creation of the commission itself. This process helps find a starting point from which to tackle complex problems, where large numbers of conflicting opinions clash and the contracting authority itself has no clear idea of what to ask for.

Charles Square also finds itself in this type of situation. The requirement for unhindered pedestrian access conflicts with efforts to restore protected historical landscape features. Residents’ wishes for a reduction in the volume of traffic and general trends to restrict the number of cars passing through the city are excluded by the operating needs of the major teaching hospital and the courthouse.

The objective of the competitive dialogue is to arrive, in the process actively involving architects’ teams interested in the contract to produce design and documentation for revitalization of the Charles Square in its Stage II – Park, at 1) more detailed assignment, and 2) produce proposals

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Subject-matter of the public contract

1/ Update of the concept for entire Charles Square (master plan)

The project’s objective is to update the entire concept of the Charles Square master plan and to propose a solution on how to integrate the park within the context of the square as a whole, a conceptual architectural plan for the streets on the square and a verification of the suitability and location of underground garages in its south-eastern part in the overall context of traffic solutions for the square. The aim of this part of the proposal is to determine an optimal location for the exits and the method of working with all the ground-level elements of underground garages. This part of the proposal will not be the subject of further stages of the project documentation for this public contract, it will remain in the form of a concept.


2/ Proposal for the revitalization of Charles Square park

The objective of the proposal for the Charles Square Stage II revitalization (the park) is to present a solution for adaptation of the park, aiming to build a versatile and high-quality public space within the context of today’s Prague while preserving, renewing and developing the park’s main natural and historical treasures. Achieving a versatile and top-quality result implies finding a comprehensive solution to all the essential aspects and expectations, and harmonising them into a single entity. Given the importance of this space and the need to find a solution that enjoys widespread support, the contracting authority expects a high quality of overall performance and a first-class landscape architecture project, including a proposal how to approach valuable standing vegetation and provide for a sustainable management of rain water.


3/ Completion of all project documentation phases for the Charles Square Stage II revitalization, (the park)

  • Project documentation for the issue of a decision to locate a building
  • Project documentation for the issue of building permit
  • Project documentation for building implementation


4/ Provision of engineering services and author’s supervision of the Charles Square Stage II revitalization (the park), including a study (which is to be prepared as a part of the proposal during the competitive dialogue proceedings)

  • Engineering services required to obtain land use decision
  • Engineering services required to obtain building permit
  • Author’s supervision during construction phase
  • Cooperation during use permitting procedure and commissioning

Professional qualification

- landscape architecture (ČKA authorization A3 or A0)

- architecture (ČKA authorization A1 or A0)

- authorized civil engineer for traffic infrastructure (ČKAIT ID00)

Anticipated timeframe of the competitive dialogue proceedings

The anticipated length of the proceedings, including the competitive dialogue from its commencement until completion is 9 months, respective 11 months until the most advantageous bid is selected.


Commencement of the tendering procedure by posting the notification on commencement for publication, in the manner required by Section 212 PPA  9.8.2017
Period for submission of applications to participate 63 calendar days from commencement

Submission of applications to participate


Invitation to participate in the competitive dialogue and assignment for preparation of the Professional approach to the solution

Submission of the Professional approach to the solution 3 weeks

Notifications on selection of participants, invitation to participate in subsequent stages of the competitive dialogue + provision of additional documentation (draft of the more detailed assignment, documentation + assignment for the starting points for the Charles Sq. Park solution)


Workshop I. 

8.2.- 9.2. 2018

Integration of the recommendations from Workshop into the more detailed assignment + approval of the more detailed assignment by the evaluation committee

Production of Concepts for solution 4 weeks
Workshop II  5.4.2018

Production of proposals and preliminary bids incl. calculations of investment costs, design work costs and public contract timeframe

4 weeks

Submission of proposals

Evaluation in committee 2 weeks
Workshop III 21. - 22.6. 2018

Completion of the competitive dialogue

Invitation to submit bids 4 weeks

Completion of the tendering procedure



Payments and investment value

The anticipated value of the Public Contract: 22,5 mil. Kč
The anticipated value of investment: 150 - 300 mil. Kč

Payments relating to participation on the competitive dialogue:

 400 thousand Kč/ per team


Assignment, Materials, Surveys

1/ Notification of Commencement of a procurement procedure involving competitive dialogue (pdf)

2/ Framework assignment with rationale (pdf)

3/ Information on the Evaluation Committee (pdf)

4/ Materials (zip 2,50 GB)

To ensure to have the up-to-date and complete tender documentation, we recommend to download the documentation from the official tender profile of IPR Praha. After registration you will be informed of any updates.

Frenquently asked questions

For frequently asked questions about the explanation of the tender document please visit HERE.

Evaluation committee

Ordinary members - dependent:

Adriana Krnáčová, Mayor

Václav Vondrášek, Vice-Mayor for Prague 2                                                                              

Pavla Melková, director of the Section of the city detail, IPR Pague                  

Karel Prajer, Director of the Strategic Investment Department


Ordinary members - independent

Almut Jirku, landscape architect, Senat Berlin, BDLA member

Cornelius Scherzer, landscape architect, Technical university of Dresden

Ladislav Lábus, dean of the Faculty of architecture CTU Prague

Michal Fišer, architect, Třiarchitekti

Petr Hlaváček, historian, philosopher, Collegium Europaeum


Substitutes - dependent:

Jana Plamínková, councilor of Prague

Sylvie Hájková, Prague 2 Development Office

Štěpán Špoula, landscape architect, IPR Prague

Petr Hankovec, Strategic Investment Department


Substitutes - independent:

Suzanne Spurná, landscape architect

Štěpán Valouch, architect, Opočenský-Valouch architekti

Antonín Novák, architect, DRNH

Short biographies of committee members

Adriana Krnáčová

Mayor of Prague. Graduate in Fine Arts and Languages from the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Charles University in Bratislava, the University of Michigan and University DePaul in Chicago. After completing her studies she was involved in organising exhibitions at home and abroad, art theory and criticism, interpreting and translation. From 1991 she ran the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts in Bratislava for four years. During the period from 2001–2007 she acted as Executive Director of the Czech branch of Transparency International. From 2007–2009 she worked as Director of Communication and Member of the Board of Johnson & Johnson. In March 2014 she was appointed Deputy to Minister of the Interior, Milan Chovanec before, that same year, being elected Mayor of Prague.


Jana Plamínková

Prague Councillor and Mayor of the Prague district of Slivenec. She graduated in geology from the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Charles University in Prague. She worked as a journalist, specialising in natural sciences, the environment and energy savings. She has been on the Prague-Slivenec city council from 1998. Since 2006 she has consistently been the head of the local town hall. In 2014 she was elected as a member of the Prague City Council and, subsequently, Councillor for infrastructure, technical equipment and the environment. As part of the “Mayors and independents” group, she presided over the Prague regional committee and is now its Vice-Chairperson. She is also currently Vice-Chairperson of the Association of City Districts for the Capital City of Prague.


Pavla Melková 

She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University, where she also received her doctorate. In 2014 she attended GSAPP Columbia University in New York, having received a Fulbright scholarship. She is a practising architect, but also devotes herself to theoretical, lecturing and publishing activities and designing exhibitions. She has written a number of specialised books and regularly publishes in professional journals. Since 1996 she has been a partner of the MCA studio.  In 2012 she founded the Public Space Office at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, where she works as Director of the Urban Detail Section. She was nominated for the Architect of the Year Award in 2014, received the Grand National Prize of Architecture in 2012, the Prague Mayor’s prize in 2012, was nominated for the Club for Old Prague prize in 2012, won first prize at the East Centric Architect Awards competition in 2013 and was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award in 2013. Since 2015 she has been lecturing on the Concept and Interpretation course at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University.


Ladislav Lábus

 Architect and teacher. In his architectural studio, FASHION AA, Ladislav Lábus often deals with renovations and integration of buildings into the historical environment. His work is also known to be focused on housing and housing for the elderly. Ladislav Lábus‘s projects won the prestigious prize Grand Prix of Architects, Building of the Year and many other awards. In 2013, he received the respectable Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects. Since 2014 he has been Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at CUT Prague.



Almut Jirku

Studies of landscape architecture in Hannover, work experience in Hamburg and Berlin. Since 1992: Competition group of the Senate Administration for Urban Development. Focus on urban landscape architecture and urbanism, landscape architecture and resource efficiency, green infrastructure, relationship between use and design of urban open spaces. Numerous publications, lectures and guest teachings. Since 2002 member of the BDLA (German federation of landscape architects).


Karel Prajer

Director of the City Hall Department for Strategic Investment graduated from the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering and is an authorized civil engineer with ČKAIT certification. He gained his work expertise in management functions for contractors as well as in investment / real estate development.


Václav Vondrášek

Deputy Mayor for the Prague 2 district (ODS). He is married with two children. He graduated in architecture from the Faculty of Construction at the Czech Technical University. He has been involved, among other things, in preparing building construction and transport organisation. Since 1991 he has worked at the Construction Department at Prague City Hall and in 1993 he was appointed Director. From 2002 to 2006 he was in charge of preparing construction sites for a professional organisation dealing with the reconstruction of apartments. He is a member of the Czech Association for Building Legislation. He has been elected to his third term as Deputy Mayor of the Prague 2 district, representing the Association of Historic Settlements in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia.



Michal Fišer

A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Academy of Fine Arts of Prague, the School of Architecture of Professor Emil Přikryl and an authorised architect in the Chamber of Architects. In 2002 he co-founded his own platform, třiarchitekti (Three Architects). He has written a number of projects for private clients and public authorities in the area of urban planning, landscaping and landscape architecture on various scales, ranging from strategic plans to street furniture. He is frequently called to work on projects involving the revitalisation and modification of public spaces. He works in a multi-disciplinary team, composed of landscape architects, transport engineers and hydraulic engineers and often collaborates with artists, historians and gardeners. He is the co-author of an extensive project on the revitalisation of the banks of the Ohře in Kadaň (the Maxipes Fík waterfront) and has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2011. He frequently participates in architectural competitions as a competitor, juror or auditor. He represents the Czech Chamber of Architects in the Architect’s Council of Europe (ACE), dealing with issues concerning architectural competitions. In 2014 he was a guest lecturer at the North Carolina State University, the Prague Institute, Landscape Architecture studio.


Petr Hlaváček

A historian and philosopher, as coordinator and specialist, he heads the Collegium Europaeum at Charles University Faculty of Arts and the Philosophical Institute at the Academy of Sciences of the CR. He devotes himself to religious, cultural and intellectual history, as well as problems concerning the European identity (also involving art, architecture and urban planning).


Sylvie Hájková

She graduated from the Faculty of Construction at the Czech Technical University. She is an authorised engineer under the Czech Chamber of Authorized Engineers and Technicians Active in Construction in the field of building construction. After completing her studies, she worked as a designer in architectural studios. Since 2005 she has been involved in ensuring the preparation of designs for the development of the territory of the Prague 2 city district in the area of construction in the Department of Spatial Development. This has involved, among other aspects, infilling, spatial regulation, territorial stability and environmental protection, transport and the conservation of monuments. She also acts as Secretary of the Development Committee for the Prague 2 city council. She is married and has a daughter.



Štěpán Špoula

An authorised landscape architect. During his studies at the Mendel University of Agriculture in Brno he spent a year as an intern in Valencia and then in Mexico City in the GDU studio. From 2006 to 2013 he worked as an independent landscape architect on a number of products, often in collaboration with others. During the past 3 years he has been working in the Public Space Office at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development. He has also taught and been involved in research as an external member of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University. He is a member of the working group for landscape architecture at the Czech Chamber of Architects and has long been involved in issues concerning the suburban landscape in metropolitan areas and green infrastructure.


Susanne Spurná

A landscape architect, she graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Dresden University in 2001, Her dissertation was on the historical development and potential of public space in Prague, Smíchov. She gained her professional experience at the Eva Vízková studio, the Department of Historical Cultural Landscape at VUKOZ from 2004 to 2015 and as a designer in the Cigler Marani Architects studio. In 2008 she gained her authorisation in the field of Landscape Architecture (CCA), is a member of the working, now initiating, Landscape Architecture group at the CCA. She engages in design, lecturing and publication activities.



Štěpán Valouch

A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University. After working for a number of years in architectural studios, he founded the ov-a architectural studio with Jiří Opočenský in 2007. The studio carries out commissions ranging from small houses to residential complexes and its designs have won prizes at a number of competitions and it was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award in 2015. From 2012-13 he has headed the ZAN studio at the Czech Technical University.


Cornelius Scherzer

Studied Landscape Architecture and Planning in Hannover, Berlin and Birmingham. He worked in the fields of landscape and urban development in consultancies and became a self-employed landscape architect in 1992. His activities include mainly urban projects in collaboration with architects and planners and memberships of expert panels and juries for competitions e.g. in Berlin, Dresden, Hannover, Munich and Potsdam. He teaches open space planning at HTW Dresden - University of Applied Sciences, cooperating with local authorities, professional institutions, civil society and partner universities in Europe on interdisciplinary landscape development and urban transformation.


Petr Hankovec

Head of the Water Management and Transport Infrastructure Section at the City Hall Department for Strategic Investment graduated from the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering. After graduation he worked for various contractors preparing and managing implementation of construction projects. He gained additional work experience as a manager in an international construction company.


doc. Ing. arch. Antonín Novák

After graduating from the Brno University of Technology Faculty of Architecture in 1988, he started as a planner for the Brno branch of Obchodní projekt, in 1989 he co-founded the design centre for the Stavoprogres company. From 1991-2 he worked in Professor W. Holzbauer’s Vienna studio and contributed to drafting the plans for IBM’s administrative centre in Vienna and Austria Bank’s Administrative Centre in Vienna. In 1993, together with Petr Valenta, he founded the Atelier DRNH design studio, which has won over twenty awards, nominations and prizes in a number of architectural competitions. For example, Stavba roku (Building of the year), Grand prix Obce architektů (Grand prix of the municipality of architects), Stavíme ekologicky (Environmental building), Stavba Jihomoravského kraje (South Moravian Regional building). In 2014 he received the title of Architect of the Year. He frequently serves as a jury member for architectural competitions run by the Czech Chamber of Architects. He has been a member of the Academy of Architects since 2008 and has taught from 2000 in Brno and Liberec. He is currently Vice-Dean of the University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and in 2012 worked as associate professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague. He has co-authored three books with Petr Valenta: Sloupky o architecture (Columns on architecture), Dům a krajina I (The house and the landscape I) and Dům a krajina I. Since 2015 he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Karel Komárek’s Promeny (Transformations) foundation.

Information on the Contracting Authority

Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague), a public-benefit organization

Represented by: Mgr. Ondřej Boháč, Director

Offices: Vyšehradská 57/2077, 128 00 Praha 2

Registered in: Commercial Registry maintained by the City Court in Prague, Section Pr, file 63

ID: 70883858

Tax ID: CZ70883858

Contracting Authority profile:


The Capital City of Prague

Represented by: Ing. Karel Prajer, Director of the Strategic Investment Department

Offices: Mariánské náměstí 2/2, 110 01 Praha 1

ID: 00064581

Tax ID: CZ00064581


Contact person: Mgr. Lukáš Marek

tel: 236004538, e-mail:




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