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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Current situation

  • At the beginning of February 2018 the chosen teams attended the first workhop
  • The teams were introduced (among other themes) to the complex problems of the square and its history. After two days of intensive information exchange the teams had 2 months to create a concept of how the square should change
  • The presentations of the concepts was held on 5th April. Each team received feedback from the jury and the experts. 
  • The teams will now have time to work on their proposals, which they will present in June 2018

The chosen teams 

Agence Ter - French landscape studio in cooperation with Break Point, HBH project, Phytorestore and Concepto

Atelier M1 architekti s.r.o. in cooperation with Sant en Co V.O.F. and Atelier PROMIKA s.r.o. - Czech architectural studios in cooperation with Dutch landscape studio. 

GustafsonPorter + Bowman LLP - British landspace studio

New visit s.r.o. - Czech firm from Hradec Králové, which specializes on landscape architecture, gardens and parks

Rehwaldt krajinářští architekti ve spolupráci s BY Architects + PD FILIP - German landscape studio creates a trio with two Czech architectural studios

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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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


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

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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