布拉格V7隧道改造景观设计 | U/U studio
City District Prague 7 has managed to transform the neglected underpasses into a barrier-free sports spot
In the autumn of 2021, after several months of hard work, Prague 7 has managed to transform the neglected underpasses on Vltavská Street into a barrier-free sports spot. After the reconstruction of the surrounding areas, the underpasses lost their original purpose, and therefore the Prague 7 district has set itself the goal of turning the unsightly spot into a place where people will have a reason and a desire to stop. Such transformation is still quite unique in Central Europe. However, it could eventually lead to a deeper understanding of what possibilities are provided by sites that may seem inhospitable at first sight. In other words, the typical city no-go zone can swiftly become a place that attracts hundreds of visitors every day.
Sport facilities on site © U/U Architects
"The underpasses on Vltavská have been more of a poorly lit maze in recent years, which everyone preferred to avoid. We asked ourselves what to do with such a specific space in the centre of Prague so that it does not remain an unused dead place, which is only a disgrace in the city," says the Deputy Mayor of Prague 7 and Prague City Councillor for culture and tourism Hana Třeštíková and she adds: “Thanks to the great commitment of a number of skilful and creative people, we managed to wake up this inhospitable zone and create an original community space.“
The underpass at night © U/U Architects
两位热爱布拉格七区的人士Richard Preisler和Martin Kontra受当地政府委托给出具体的改造方案，而他们则向U/U Studio寻求帮助。“最终的设计成果是一个多功能的运动和社交中心。地下通道现在被滑板和BMX设施、篮球框以及攀岩等运动元素所激活。不但如此，该空间也为所有人群提供了一个友好的环境：包括有孩子的家长，其他居民甚至只是路过的人。正是多功能性促使了该空间的活力、友好和安全。与此同时，行人也可以受益于空间的改变。他们不再需要穿过黑暗而又荒凉的地下通道。完工之后，几天之内的体验证实了这项计划是成功的。”项目主管Kontra和Preisler说道。
It was a pair of local patriots Richard Preisler and Martin Kontra who were requested by Prague 7 to come up with a concrete solution. For this purpose, they invited architects from U / U Studio to help. “The result is a project of a multifunctional sports and social centre. Underpasses are now enlivened by sports elements for skateboarding and BMX, basketball hoops or bouldering grips. However, the space offers a friendly environment for everyone; parents with children and other inhabitants or any passers-by. It is particularly this multifunctionality thanks to which the place will be alive, friendly and safe. At the same time, the change will certainly be appreciated by pedestrians, who will no longer have to walk through a dark, neglected underpass. The experience of the first days after the completion of the construction suggests that the plan has been successful,” say Kontra and Preisler.
The underpass becomes safer at night © U/U Architects
The idea behind this project also reflects modern trends in urbanism. Often, there is no need to demolish and then build from scratch. Restoring public spaces can sometimes be easier than it seems, for example by the use of colour scheme that humanizes the mass of concrete, as in this case. Kontra and Preisler explained what they followed in humanizing the space: “We had no intention of building another enclosed skate park. We mapped the needs of everyone – women and men across generations. At one point they crossed paths – only open sharing (in this case, the sharing of a sports site) has a chance to awaken empathy and respect in people within the contours of contemporary big-city stress. And that's the point: when you meet, you have to find a way to get along. It is the leitmotif of every major settlement and connects Mumbai, Berlin, Sao Paulo and New York.” This is an important aspect that Prague 7 wished to promote here and hopefully even spread. The skate park and other sports elements will be open to the public free of charge all year round. The underpasses are illuminated, remain fully passable and do not close.
24/7 skate park © U/U Architects
“作为‘滑板公园设计师’，我们立刻就意识到滑板运动及其他娱乐活动将会完美地修复这块阴暗的场地。爱好滑板的人群在公园开放之后，立即走到了聚光灯之下并开始维护这块空间。这些青少年对有一个可以风雨无忧且全天开放的滑板场地（场地拥有全天候照明）非常满意。这块场地由此看起来正在焕发生机，激发快乐并且成为一个让所有人都感到安全的地方。” U / U Studio的Martin Hrouda说道。
"As a 'skate architects' we immediately knew, that implementation of skateboarding and other leisure activities is the perfect healing of this shady area. Skate community occupy this spot right after opening and is taking care of it. Adolescents are happy to have a rain cover place where they can (due to 24/7 light) ride all day night. Putting new life and joy into the spot appeared to work and the place became to be safe for everyone.“ say Martin Hrouda from U / U Studio.
The projects provides new inspirations for urban renovation © U/U Architects
Similar problems with deserted and unwelcoming spaces are solved by cities and municipalities throughout the country. Therefore, Prague 7 is also ready to offer its experience and advise to everyone who would be inspired by the project. In the end, the success of any project may not only be the project itself, but also the spread of awareness of the possibilities of how to approach public space today.
设计公司： U/U Architect
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