Zlaty Lihovar

Czech Republic, Prague

The site is located at the southern gateway to the City of Prague and overlooks the River Vitava. Its historical use was a distillery, which became unviable soon after the fall of communism. The owner of the site appointed us to obtain a change of use ‘zoning’ from its existing industrial classification to mixed commercial and residential. We prepared a scheme to support the change of use (re-zoning) planning application. An important task of the scheme concept was to demonstrate the density of development we were applying for could be accommodated on the site. Planning consent was granted in 2007, with the second highest density co-efficient available in Prague. The process involved considerable negotiations with the authorities, including the Historical Board related to existing buildings on site. Their initial stance was the complete site needed protection. We engaged a local historian to research the site and prepare a report to support our planning application. This established two buildings, the distillery and works chimney, were worthy of protection. The scheme layout concept related the new buildings to the historical site foot print and created a semi public square around the retained works chimney. To take advantage of the sites gateway location, a dramatic building is located on the ‘nose’ of the site. Residential development is located above the commercial buildings, to take advantage of the fine river views.

The project was carried out jointly with our Prague office.

size: Mixed use of office, retail, hotel residential, leisure of 22,500m² total


status: outline planning

client: Zlaty Lihovar a.s.

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