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 needs a complete reconstruction. Therefore, the city of Prague has decided to announce so called procedure with competititon dialogue. It is a creative process that involves all the stakeholders in the development of the prosposal from the very beginning. The author of the winning design is German landscape studio Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten with Czech architectural firm BY Architects and Czech transportation engineers PD Filip.

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Landscape-architecture study (November 2019)

a) Brochure

b) Updated Masterplan

c) Updated portfolio

d) Updated visualizations (19 MB)

  • A wider pavement and a new line of trees referring to Bedřich Wünscher‘s design creates a new rhythm in the street space. New trees also make siting on the bench encompassing the whole park more pleasant, however, the bench provides for much more activities. It is followed by an extended stairca­se in the middle of the southern part of the park, which offers a comfortable entrance into the park.

  • The new paved area in front of the town hall creates a sizeable square that can be used for regular markets, weddings or other events.

Charles Square is a place for meeting and needs a defined area for selling refreshments and other daily needs. From this perspective, the new park centre will be the multi-functional fountain area and café at the southern end, where the city meets the interior park landscape.

Gardening tradition from the nineteenth century rendered in contemporary language. Flower beds in the central part will function as a colourful garden ac­cording to modern principles.Just as in Thomayer‘s time, temporary exhibiti­ons will feature the latest trends in horticulture.

  • The northeastern edge of the square now has an expanded sidewalk paved with Prague mosaic, an alley of trees along the axis of the town hall tower, and longitudinal two-way benches. When strolling along the promenade, openings onto the park interior alternate with landscaped lilac stands.

Timeline of the park´s revitalization

11/2019 - completion of landscape-architectural study

12/2019 - preparation of the project documentation for zoning decisions

01 - 04/2020 - processing Documentation for zoning decisions

04 - 09/2020 - consultation with the relevant state administration bodies

12/2020 - issue of the zoning decision + 30 days to come into force

02 - 05/2021 - processing Documentation for Building Permit

03 - 07/2021 - consultation with the relevant state administration bodies

11/2021- issue of the Building Permit + 30 days to come into force

11/2021 - 03/2022 - processing Documentation for selection of contractor

04 - 09/2022 - tender for the contractor

10/2022 - commencement of revitalization of the park (southern part)

2025 - completion of the revitalization of the park

Results of the competition dialogue

1st place – selected contractor for the project documentation:

Rehwaldt landscape architects, BY Architects + PD FILIP – a German landscape studio that will form a trio with two Czech architectural firms.


Plan view 2025 and long-term vision

Jury evaluation

2nd place:

Agence Ter, Break Point, HBH projekt, Phytorestore a Concepto – a French landscape studio working with a Czech firm


Plan view 2025 and long-term vision

Jury evaluation


3rd place:

Buro Sant en Co V.O.F., M1 architekti s.r.o. and Atelier PROMIKA s.r.o. – a Dutch landscape studio working with a Czech architectural firm and transport engineering company


Plan view 2025 and long-term vision

Jury evaluation 


4th place:

GustafsonPorter + Bowman LLP – British landscape studio working with Czech landscape studio šmídová landscape architects


Plan view 2025 and long-term vision

Jury evaluation

5th place:

New visit s.r.o. – a Czech company from Hradec Králové that specializes in landscape architecture, gardens and parks


Plan view 2025 and long-term vision

Jury evaluation

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 landspace architects in cooperation with BY Architects + PD FILIP - German landscape studio creates a trio with two Czech architectural studios

Other information/ materials

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 + Contact

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


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