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MAGISTRALA at the Venice Biennale [ news ]
Prague's historical city core changes from a residential area into a tourist attraction, because the six-lane Magistrala highway physically divides the city into socially, environmentally, and culturally segregated parts. Our analysis morphs the already planned conversion of the Magistrala into a boulevard. Our proposal adds retail, commercial, and cultural programs to a softened infra-border blending the interests of residents and visitors. This opening of the boundary leads to a repopulated centre and a reconnected city. The Magistrala's 3,6 km stretch will compete with the Charles Bridge with its 30 sculptures to become a favorite destination. The highway will be converted into continuous green art-landscape. Curated segments of the Magistrala could host a city terrace, info center, recreation field, cycling route, outdoor gallery and much more. Tourists will be pulled out of the historical centre to mix with the real citizens of Prague. The multi-level, mix-use reprogramming of the Magistrala includes a transformation of the old station Masaryk which sheds its current services to an expanded nearby Central Station. The National Museum and State Opera reconnect with Wenceslas Square. The spectacular Nusle Bridge will accommodate suspended housing and hotel facilities. Prague turns a boundary into a bridge by reconnecting city zones that have been divided for too long.
This project is done in collaboration with MAT Studio.