The Czech Republic-based Arendon Development Company has selected seven British practices and three Czech practices to work together on Oaks Prague, a new €400 million, 220-home "residential and lifestyle development" 20 kilometres South-East of Prague within the commune of Popivičky.
Selected through a competition organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, the ten practices will join the team of Edward Durell Stone Jr and Associates, who masterplanned the development to include a golf club, hotel and spa at its centre, and John Thompson & Partners, who developed a pattern book and style guide for Oaks Prague.
Read on after the break for the full list of selected architects
The ten selected practices are:
- Coffey Architects (UK)
- Duggan Morris Architects (UK)
- Eldridge Smerin (UK)
- Hall McKnight (UK)
- Haptic (UK)
- John Pardey Architects (UK)
- McGarry-Moon Architects (UK)
- ADR (Czech Republic)
- AI Design (Czech Republic)
- Cigler Marani (Czech Republic)
The designs by the ten practices offer a range of different housing types, including terraced and semi-detached units, apartments and villas. The designs, while contemporary, respond to the vernacular forms of the surrounding villages. "Quality of architecture is vital to our vision of creating a sustainable and vibrant community," said Arendon Development Company CEO Robert Davies.
"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," added Davies. "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."
Start of construction on the 140-hectare site is anticipated for spring 2015, lasting between four and five years in total, however the first residents are expected to move into the first phase in summer 2016.