European practices compete for €400 million Prague residential project

19 November 2014

A total of 24 architecture practices from across Europe have been chosen to move forward to the next stage of a design competition for a new residential development 20km south-east of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

The 140ha residential scheme will encompass 220 units arranged around a village centre. Located within this central core will be a golf club, hotel and spa as per the masterplan by Edward Durell Stone, Jr and Associates and the pattern book/style guide by John Thompson & Partners, reports World Architecture News.

"Quality of architecture is vital to our vision of creating a sustainable and vibrant community," said Robert Davies, CEO of Arendon Development Company. "As we did our research it became clear to us that Czechs value well-crafted, contemporary design, both local and international. Also, we were aware of a rich tradition of new residential communities in the country from the inter-war period, such as the Bata development in Zlin.

"We felt, therefore, that here in Prague there was an opportunity to showcase good residential design, both from the Czech Republic and from across Europe and give young designers a leg up along the way. We are delighted with what is emerging from this design selection process and we are confident that the homes we are producing will be both fine modern architecture and highly marketable."

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