Prague's Rohan Island set for major revamp

Visualisation of the primary school on the Rohan Island

Prague’s Rohan Island is set to get a major makeover in the form of new residential flats, administrative buildings and a hi-tech new school, iDnes.cz reports. Prague City Hall hopes that revamping the island will bring thousands of new residents to the area that was ravaged by floods in 2002.

Visualisation of the primary school on the Rohan Island | Source: A X X I

Councillor Tomáš Hřebík told news site iDnes.cz that the construction of a school is a City Hall precondition for any further developer work on the island. Therefore, at the beginning of this year, Prague 8 announced an architectural tender for a new primary school which received 15 applications from various architectural studios.

The district’s deputy mayor, Tomáš Tatranský, told iDnes.cz that it isn’t common for the city to construct whole new schools and that the tender was therefore able to select from several high quality proposals.

The winning design comes from the A X X I architecture studio and counts on a building that should offer stunning views of the surrounding area from its classroom windows. It is planned that the school will also serve as an important navigation point in the area, serving as a meeting place for children, their parents and the wider community. The school will be closed during class hours, but open at certain times to the public, allowing non-pupils to make use of the building’s square and playground.

Photovoltaic panels will be used to both heat and cool the building and LED lights will be used to light up the structure, the studio says in its plan.

Visualisation of the primary school on the Rohan Island | Source: A X X I

The building will also have a green roof that will catch rainwater and use it to water the surrounding greenery as well as flush the schools toilets.

The construction of the school should begin soon and is expected to cost around CZK 670 million.

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