CPI Property Group has unveiled design proposals for the development of the central section of Brno’s Zbrojovka compound. The designs, put forward by no less than 11 architectural studios, are available on dedicated web pages at www.novazbrojovka.cz. People can comment and vote on their favourite designs until the end of February. Voting, meanwhile, has closed for Zone 1 designs. Zone 1 of Nová Zbrojovka will primarily provide office and light manufacturing premises. Most people voted for a design by EA architekti, followed by a proposal by CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS. An entry by Pelčák a partner architekti came third. People can not only vote on the submitted designs, they can come and see the models in the building that houses the Brno City Architecture Office.
“The general public have submitted more than 800 votes and comments to us on Zones 1 and 6. We expect the just unveiled designs for the central part to increase that number considerably, not least because we have as many as 11 models,” says Zdeněk Havelka, CPI Property Group Executive Director. “Once designs for all zones of Nová Zbrojovka have been unveiled, we will collect all the public feedback and take it into account,” Havelka adds. Zone 5 occupies the central area of the former Zbrojovka Brno industrial compound. It is surrounded by all the other zones. In designing their proposals, architects were asked to consider the possibility of preserving and making use of the former boiler house and its chimney. They were also asked to find an optimum, versatile and functional mix of residential, office and commercial properties combined with public and relaxation areas.
Eleven creative teams, eleven designs
The studio of A69 architekti proposes a central public space with a multifunctional “community centre”. AiD team designed residential properties with inner landscaped courtyards featuring relaxation areas and bodies of water. Jakub Cigler architekti, on the other hand, envisage the central part of Nová Zbrojovka as a compact urban environment dominated by a high-rise building. CMC architects propose a living green public square with a body of water while Chapman Taylor have designed a multimedia “totem” with a digital clock. CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS approached Zone 5 as a multifunctional public square with a gallery, public services and sports and catering facilities. K4 Architects & Engineers view Nová Zbrojovka’s central part as an opportunity to create a cultural and social centre with the chimney preserved and supplemented with art installations and a high-rise building. Kuba & Pilař architekti conceive the central part as the focal public area of the whole compound featuring a terrace stairway. KUBE propose a complex of office buildings and a public square with a marketplace while MADADORS ARCHITECTS have come up with an original idea to revive a disused millrace while also creating an environment providing opportunities for both work and play. Pelčák a partner architekti propose turning the “heart” of Zbrojovka into a central public space with a community centre.
Architectural models on display at Brno City Architecture Office
As well as taking part in the online poll, the public can view models of all 11 architectural designs on the premises of the Brno City Architecture Office at 331/13 Zelný trh. Large-format panels with the Zone 5 designs can be viewed at the above address every Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm until the end of February.