Těšnov Park

Prague, CZ

Size9.65 ha
ClientInstitut plánování a rozvoje Prahy - IPR
I.c.w.M2AU, de Architekten Cie., Ondřej Kvaček, Peter Broght
TeamPeter Veenstra, Artur Borejszo, Nerea Febré Diciena, Jie Wang, Roberto Coccia, Simon Verbeeck, Joost van de Ven, Esther Pellegrom, Fanny Genti, Nasim Sadeghpour

Tesnov Park can play an important role in bringing the inner city of Prague more in balance with nature and restoring natural groundwater levels while avoiding disruptive flash floods. The purpose of ‘The Conceptual Architectural and Landscape study of the Park of Tesnov and the North-South Arterial Road’ is to set ambition and direction for the transformation of the Tesnov area, leading to improving the quality of public space in the very heart of the city.

­The transformation of the Magistrala into a roundabout structure consisting mostly of two lanes only, will leave more space for people and radically improve pedestrian comfort and the visual appeal of the environment. On the ground space for cars is minimized for the benefit of pedestrians, bikes, and green. Trees, bioswales, and a two-direction bike lane are added on both sides of the park. Public transport connections are optimized. On the side of the historic city, a tree-lined promenade creates the outer perimeter, a generous space to stroll, or to park your bike and sit on a terrace. The paving material for pedestrians follows the Prague mosaic, with traditional patterns on the historic side and more contemporary patterns on the east side.

This conceptual architectural and landscape study serves as a starting point for further discussion and elaboration. Wider consultation, professional debate, and public involvement will lead to a shared ambition and vision and plan. It will bring together all the economic, ecological, social, and sustainable factors in a way that will capture the hearts of all.

Public space
The redesigned Tesnov Park will become a popular museum park, a destination linked to culture and history. On the historic city side, a promenade will offer terrace space with views of the park. The park features a central lawn and two museum plazas, with sculptures, seating, a shaded playground, and a wooden path running through the reeds, offering a close-to-nature experience. The visual openness and calm natural beauty of the park will allow people to open up to history, arts and culture, and each other.

Green – Blue infrastructure
Tesnov Park will be a cool refuge for hot summer days, an alternative to the emerging urban heat islands. In order to lower temperatures, many trees of various species will be planted. The surrounding streets discharge rainwater directly into the park. Tesnov Park has bioswales that collect water from the historic city and connect two bodies of water. These water bodies have a dynamic water level and are able to temporarily store rainwater.

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