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Rohan Island

28. ledna 2021

A natural city park will spread over 56 hectares from Karlín to Libeň. Prague plans to keep the meander of the Vltava wild here and revitalize most of this area for leisure activities. The area must also serve as flood protection for Prague. Preparations are currently underway to tender the design concept for Rohan Island and the Libeň spits (adjacent to Rohan Island), which will be the starting point for developing this land.  The design concept will be the result of an international tender with a competitive dialogue involving local stakeholders and experts from all over Europe.

Selection of the design concept will involve several steps. A multi-disciplinary project team from IPR Prague will work with all key stakeholders and actors to define the objectives of the Rohan Island design concept, certain parts of which will be elaborated in greater detail in a landscape architecture study. IPR Prague will arrange for the organization and expert supervision of the entire process, including selecting the design concept according to which the land will be gradually revitalized. The entire area, measuring approximately 56 hectares, is comparable in size to half of Stromovka.

 

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New River Branch Project – Park Maniny

The new river branch has long been included in the Prague Urban Plan and is part of Prague's flood protection. A new channel will gradually be created on the site by excavating a few meters of soil deposited over recent decades. The aims of the construction are to reduce the level of the Vltava in the city center during floods and to especially reduce the speed of the current. The Rohan Island area will be extensively landscaped for recreation between the current cycling path, which serves as a flood barrier, and the Vltava riverbed.

Specifically, this concerns construction works no. 4679 Maniny – PPO, reducing the river level in Karlín, being carried out by the Prague City Investment Department (INV MHMP), which is divided into three stages, as can be seen in the diagram below. During stages 1 and 2, two ponds will be excavated (to a depth of up to 8 m) and the overall level of the surrounding area reduced. These stages have had building permits for several years now. The tender to select the contractor for the first two stages will be held in early 2021. These stages should take approximately 2 years to complete. However, for the project to fulfil its flood protection function and slow the current of the river during floods, it is also essential to carry out a third phase, which will connect both ponds and create a new river branch connecting the main Vltava corridor with the dead-end branch between Libeň spits. The third stage will be designed through a competition dialogue and will be part of the Rohan Island conceptual study.

To ensure the highest quality standards for the park to be created in 2023 and considering the age of the zoning and construction permits, INV and OCP MHMP have agreed that INV will only handle the terrain landscaping (lower construction) while OCP will build the park (upper construction) based on the new IPR Prague design concept arrived at through an international competition dialogue.

Park Maniny

Map of zone

 

ACTUALITIES

  • GUIDED TOURS OF THE ROHAN ISLAND EXHIBITION

We have prepared for you guided walks through the Rohanský ostrov exhibition. Each will introduce you to the exhibition and the area from a different perspective. Follow our social networks (tours are free with limited capacity).

  • ORIENTEERING ON ROHAN AND LIBEŇ ISLANDS

Explore Rohan and Libeň Island and get to know it from a different perspective! We have prepared an orientation run and two routes that will take you through the urban wilderness, the banks of the Vltava River and other places you may have never visited before. Each route is approximately 3 kilometres long and you will encounter 10 stations.

  • VLTAVA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

In the future, you will be able to watch the Vltava Philharmonic Orchestra from Rohanský ostrov. On the opposite bank of the river, a new concert hall is planned, and the construction will also initiate the development of the neglected Bubny-Zatory area. Listen to a recording of a lecture from the series The Great Changes of Prague.


  • ROHAN ISLAND EXHIBITION

15. 4. - 31. 8.

We cordially invite you to the outdoor exhibition Rohanský ostrov. Ten stops, which will take you through 56 hectares from Karlín to Libeň, presenting the landscape of the river with its wild nature and people who are connected to the memory of the place, its history and culture. Do you know where the Vltava River used to flow? That there is an urban wilderness resembling a savannah right next to a busy cycle path? And how many metres separate the Karlin bank from the Holešovice bank? The interactive exhibition Rohanský ostrov will answer not only these questions. Take your little ones through it, we have a programme for children at each location.

Full information can be found on the exhibition website.

  • INFORMATION CONTAINER ON THE STREETS AGAIN - GET TO KNOW THE ROHAN ISLAND

The exhibition in May was also accompanied by an IPR information container. People were able to participate in the preparation of the brief for the planned transformation of Rohanský ostrov and, above all, to contribute their comments, experiences and ideas to the debate on the development of the area. The information container is one of the main participatory activities and is part of the preparation of the future Concept.

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  1. PRAGUE TOMORROW: ROHAN ISLAND (live stream on CAMP's Facebook page)

We invite you to the first public presentation of the Rohan Park Project, which will take place on December 8th from 7 pm. You can watch it live on the CAMP Facebook page or later on YouTube. During the evening, we will present basic information about the area, its history and plans for the future.

  1. NEWSLETTER

You will find all the latest news and information about Rohan Island and the design concept in our quarterly newsletters. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide information about current events related to the project and the activities of local stakeholders. If you would like to receive the latest news about Rohan Island, write us at pfister@ipr.praha.eu and we will be happy to add you to our database.

  1. ROHAN CITY

Construction will begin in early 2021 on the twenty-one-hectare Karlín brownfield between Rohanské nábřeží and the cycling path.  At this stage, a private investor will build two apartment buildings with 220 units here at the same level as the Invalidovna building in Karlín. They will be supplemented with 30,000 m² of office space in two buildings designed by architects Eva Jiřičná and Jakub Cígler. More about the project here. In parallel, the second stage of construction is being readied in the southernmost part of the area, which ties in to the River Gardens in Karlín.

  1. LIBEŇ BRIDGE COMPLEX

in September 2O2O, a revised study of the Libeň Bridge was approved by Prague City Council Resolution No. 2043 and architects Tej, Blank, Cach and Melter. The original Libeň Bridge designed by architect Janák will be reconstructed, followed by the construction of a new flood bridge, which is part of the flood control measures. In the event of a flood, it will allow the river to flow under it with minimal barriers. The tender to select a contractor for project documentation and implementation will take place by the end of 2020. You can find more about the announcement of the public contract and the reconstruction of the bridges here.

  1. BIO-DENDROLOGICAL RESEARCH

Arborists, biologists, entomologists and other specialists have spent an entire year examining the area and the local fauna and flora. To this day, the area retains its character as an urban wilderness that supports exceptional species, such as the common lynx, the green and common toad and others.

  1. 06/2020 INTRODUCTORY MEETING WITH LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS  

The entire process of creating the Rohan Island Design Concept and ensuring its subsequent sustainability is based on the cooperation of the public administration with local actors and stakeholders. Since June 2020, there have been nearly 40 initiation meetings in the area, where we have examined the advantages and drawbacks of the site and the relationship of locals to it. So far, we have noted that locals usually appreciate the vastness of the open space in the city center and its natural character, its proximity to the river and the wide range of leisure opportunities. The main problem they perceive is the management of the area, which is found to be significantly lacking. If you are also a local stakeholder and want to actively participate in the creation of the Design Concept, contact us at pfister@ipr.praha.eu.

  1. FROM 06/2020 COOPERATION WITH THE CENTER FOR THEORETICAL STUDIES

We are continually working on the project with experts from the Center for Theoretical Studies at Charles University, who are currently conducting comprehensive cultural and historical research on the area that will be published on this website. Cooperation with CTS makes it possible to examine the project from an interdisciplinary perspective. Their analyses will be included in the task specifications for the Rohan Island Design Concept, and lectures and walks will enable citizens to participate. Václav Cílek, Jiří Sádlo, Petr Meduna, Petr Hlaváček, Radoslava Schmelzová, Michaela Zemková, Karel Stibral, Cyril Říha, Petr Pokorný and others are collaborating on the project.

  1. CENSUS OF PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLIST IN THE AREA

In June, there was a manual census of pedestrians and cyclists.  As we expected, the use of the area is quite unbalanced. The greatest daily concentration of cyclists (around 3,100) is found along the popular route to the north of Prague and mouth of the Rokytka River, while the lowest is under Libeň Bridge (U Libeňského mostu, just 12 cyclists daily). This is also the site of the fewest pedestrians (72 daily) while the most pedestrians are found around Rohanského nábřeží (over 4,100 people daily compared to 600 cyclists). The cycling path connecting Karlín with Palmovka sees around 1,650 to 1,900 cyclists daily.

ANTICIPATED PROJECT TIMELINE

  • 01 – 02/2020 Project launch
  • 02 – 12/2020 Project preparation
  • 02/2020 – 01/2022 Territorial analyses
  • 11/2020 – 06/2021 Co-award agreement with INV MHMP and OCP MHMP
  • 06/2021 – 09/2021 Setting up holistic territory management
  • 05/2020 – 11/2022 Specification of the Concept with parts of the landscape-architectural study             
  • 05/2020 – 03/2021 Strategic Development Framework (participatively developed)
  • 09/2020 – 07/2021 Participation
  • 03/2021 - 09/2021 Preparation of the Competitive Dialogue
  • 10/2021 – 03/2023 International competition dialogue (elaboration of the Concept)
  • 11/2022 – 12/2022 Approval of the Rohan Island Design Concept by Prague City Hall
  • 01/2023 – 07/2023 Vyhodnocení projektu​

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT

Projects in the area: Restoration of Štvanice Island

The Prague City Hall (Investment Department) commissioned the office of RKAW Radek Kolařík to prepare a conceptual document, the Island Vision Manual, which aims to create a scenario for the use of the restoration of Štvanice Island in Prague. The RKAW office was commissioned to prepare the project on the basis of the results of an international competition with more than 80 projects in 2013. The Štvanice Island should primarily serve the function of short-term urban recreation in the broadest sense and exploit the unique potential of the island in the centre of Prague. In the second half of 2021, participation activities with local stakeholders and the general public are underway. Guided walks around the area, debates and other activities are planned. The island's vision manual should be ready by the end of 2021.

Projects in the area: Libeň Bridge

An important part of the Rohan Island project is the construction of the Libeň Bridge complex, financed by the Prague Technical Road Administration (overseen by Deputy Mayor for Transportation Adam Schneinherr). A revised study for the bridge was approved in September 2020 and calls for the construction of a new flood bridge, which is part of the city's flood protection, and repair of the historic bridge designed by Pavel Janák in 1928. The flood bridge will also feature new barrier-free ramps leading to Rohan Island. Reconstruction will expand the sidewalks and add new cycling lanes for the length of the bridge complex (from Holešovice eventually all the way to Palmovka). Barring setbacks, it will be possible to start construction in mid-2022, while some reconstruction work can begin sooner.

Projects in the area: Rohan city

Rohan City is a residential and administrative center in Karlín near Libeň Bridge with an area of 200,000 m2 located between Rohanské nábřeží and the cycling path. This is the largest private investment in the area. The investor, Sekyra Group, won an open urban planning competition after submitting a study from the Atelier of Pavel Hnilička. IPR Praha is in regular contact with the developer and is coordinating the project to ensure it meshes with the vision for Rohan Island. An emphasis is placed primarily on integrating new and existing buildings into the surrounding landscape and connecting the area to Rohan Island.

The Rohan City revitalization project is divided into five stages. In the first phase, Sekyra Group will build two apartment buildings with 220 units across from the Invalidovna building in Karlín. This will be supplemented with 30,000 m² of administrative space in two office buildings designed by architects Eva Jiřična and Jakub Cígler (construction is expected to begin in early 2021). The architecture competition for stage II, which was won by Schindler Seko architects and Atelier bod, Loxia, Qarta Architektura and A.D.N.S. Production, also addressed the possible inclusion of the future Rohan Bridge, which should connect Karlín with Holešovice in Prague 7 and will be another major element shaping the development of Prague's broader city center. The final phase, according to current plans, should be completed within 12 to 15 years, i.e. by 2035. A total of 11,000 people will live and work here. The total investment in Rohan City will probably exceed 15 billion CZK. More information about the project is available on the Sekyra Group website.

 

Urban study Pavel Hnilička Architekti

Urban study with regulatory elements

 

WHAT IS A COMPETITIVE DIALOGUE

A competitive dialogue is a type of tender that excels in finding solutions for complex spaces where a large number of stakeholders clash and often have conflicting opinions. It is far more flexible than classic design competitions, in part because it is not anonymous. The main advantage of a competitive dialogue is the ability to gradually shape the task as the proposals and opinions of all parties evolve. There's no need for agreement right away. Consensus is achieved gradually while designing and visualizing individual aspects of the project.The foundation of a competitive dialogue is shared debate among all the stakeholders – architects, landscapers, politicians, traffic engineers, administrators, the public and important local actors, all of whom contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the site, its attributes and problems. This process requires openness, listening, and the mutual respect of the interests and demands of the individual parties. In the first phase, every participant is expected to enter into dialogue with the willingness to accept points of view or solutions other than those originally presumed. During the course of the competition dialogue, multi-disciplinary teams create several design proposals in parallel that are continually presented – all the stakeholders thus have the opportunity to express themselves at all stages of the design (from the initial concept to the final design).The goal of a competition dialogue is to forge consensus and understand the points of views and demands of both experts and lay people. The process typically generates several high-quality and, above all, feasible proposals, based on and respecting the same information and starting points. During the course of the process, these starting points will be discussed and modified to arrive at the best solution. This results in several high-quality proposals, the best of which will be chosen by an expert commission.

WHAT IS A DESIGN CONCEPT

A design concept emerges from a society-wide consensus regarding the development of a given area. The Rohan Island Design Concept will represent the vision and rules of the city for developing the Rohan and Libeň Islands into an important public space for the entire city. The document contains images and text that establish the framework for developing the given area for decades to come. For it to remain valid, it must be flexible and not too detailed or specific. To create such a document, one must first understand the area as a whole, along with its particulars. A design concept ensures a comprehensive approach to an area with respect to space and time. Unlike a landscape study, it defines the function and mutual relations in the area, but does not determine the specific appearance of the territory or the elements in it. The concept formulates the general design principles and serves as a guide that defines tasks for numerous subsequent project documents, while at the same time defining their priority, both thematically and locally.Projects in the area: Libeň BridgeThe Libeň Bridge, whose investor is the Technical Administration of Communications of the Capital City of Prague, is also important for the Rohanský ostrov project. A revised study of the bridge was approved in September 2020 and envisages the construction of a new inundation bridge as part of flood protection measures and the repair of the historic bridge over the river by Pavel Janák from 1928. New barrier-free ramps leading to Rohanský ostrov will also be built along the inundation bridge. The reconstruction also envisages the widening of pavements and the creation of new cycle lanes along the entire length of the bridge (from Holešovice to Palmovka in the future). In case of a smooth progress, it will be possible to start construction as early as the mid-year 2022, some works within the reconstruction may be started earlier.

MAP OF STAKEHOLDERS

IPR is presently mapping the area of Rohan Island and the Libeň spits. You can take a look at the map of stakeholders and local actors in the area of the future city park and its surroundings: https://www.mapotic.com/rohansky-ostrov-mapa-klicovch-hracu

If you are also a local and would like to actively get involved in creating the Design Concept or you know somebody in this area not listed on the map, write us at pfister@ipr.praha.eu.

BASIC ORGANIZATIONAL PROJECT SUPPORT

Political guarantor of the project:

Petr Hlaváček, Deputy Mayor for Regional Development

Petr Hlubuček, Deputy Mayor for the Environment

Project administrator: Lada Kolaříková, architect, Director of the Urban Planning Section of IPR Praha

Project manager: Rozálie Kašparová, architect from the Office of Public Space, Urban Details Section of IPR Praha

 

Site investors:

  • Canal and landscaping – Prague City Hall Department of Investment
  • Park – Prague City Hall Department of Environmental Protection

 

Prague municipal administrators:

  • Park – Prague City Hall Department of Environmental Protection
  • Numerous other administrators – cultural entities, companies, associations, individuals, etc. 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The future development of Rohan Island is being addressed in cooperation with local stakeholders and the public. We encourage you to participate in decisions affecting the area. The aim is to attract interested parties, present the area in an interesting way and through follow-up activities (debates, surveys, guided walks or workshops) to collect data. The intention is not only to create a social consensus on the development of the area, but also to strengthen the relationship with the area and to inform.

Plan of public events for spring-summer 2021:

  • Interviews with key actors in the territory 
  • Online survey (1 April - 31 May), thank you for completing the survey, we are now processing the data and will update you soon
  • Rohan Island Exhibition (15 April - 31 August)
  • Information container AT Karlínské náměstí and Invalidovna (20 - 29 May)
  • Field surveys among users of the territory
  • Workshops with stakeholders
  • Orienteering run on Rohan and Libeň islands
  • Guided tours

 

 

Contact
Communications coordinator Dominika Antonie Pfister, pfister@ipr.praha.eu

 

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