William Matthews Associates to design new cable car in Prague
The London studio is behind the design of the new London cable car.
The international architectural competition for the design of the planned new cable car from Podbaba to Troja and Bohnice in Prague has a winner. The look of the three stations and five supports of the cable car will be created by the London-based studio William Matthews Associates (London Cable Car, London Bridge station). Boele Architects and Expedition Engineering are also involved in the winning design, with support from DCSA and Agile CE consultants.
The winner will receive a prize of CZK 1.8 million. Their task will be to further develop the architectural design into a final form and to provide assistance throughout the entire process of project preparation and construction. DPP has already concluded a contract for the design work. The CZK 38.25 million contract was awarded to a consortium of Metroprojekt, Sagasta and SIAL.
Twenty-three studios from nine European countries entered the open international architectural design competition which the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) announced in May. Five finalists were selected by a jury. The Czech team of ov architekti and Olgoj Chorchoj studio won second place, third place went to the Austrian office ZT GmbH – Studio Innsbruck, which is a branch of the Norwegian studio Snohetta.
DPP started preparing the Podbaba–Troja–Bohnice cable car following a mid-June 2020 city council decision. A cable car is considered the best solution for connecting the Prague 6 and Prague 8 districts. In the future however, a tram line should connect both shores.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.