The regeneration of a small public space in front of a local library and theatre is the first phase of a wider regeneration masterplan in the Prague municipality of Zbraslav.
Spatial organization and urban relationships of the location were negatively affected in the past by the construction of a busy river bank road and consequently of an anti-flood barrier. The anti-flood wall was completed in 2009 and cut the town off from its river bank. Due to its spatially demanding construction process all trees and greenery from the adjacent street were removed and the site was left bare with partially and temporarily repaired surfaces.
The public piazza is a local social and cultural centre with the Municipal Library and the Kaska Theatre. Both buildings were renovated after the great 2002 floods and they offer a variety of cultural activities and services for the general public.
The aim of the regeneration is to create a social space for meeting and relaxation. It was essential to improve access to the buildings and to make the site spatially unambiguous.
Therefore we have designed a stepped piazza open to all directions. A ramp provides step free access, a bench, bicycle stands, a new light pole and new landscaping were added to furnish the public realm.