Heatherwick and WyrdTree team up for Prague Savarin visualisation

In 2018 Heatherwick Studio unveiled designs for the regeneration of an important site in the heart of historic Prague. In the same year they teamed up with WyrdTree in order to produce an aerial hero shot, showing the entire development in its urban context.
Later, towards the end of 2019, beginning of 2020, as design progressed, we were commissioned to provide seven additional visuals illustrating various key parts of the development.

The following paragraphs are quotes from an article published in 28. 04. 2021 in homeland.cz, titled ‘The Savarin project promises unique architecture and revitalization of a dilapidated area in the center of Prague’, by author Filip Kubus. The images accompanying it are our own visuals created in close collaboration with Heatherwick Architects.

“Near Wenceslas Square, surrounded by busy boulevards, hides a unique space in front of the public, which even the people of Prague often have no idea existed. An oasis of calm in the courtyard of the Sylva-Taroucca Palace, also known as the Piccolomini Palace, which, however, became most popular with Savarin.

However, it will soon become one of the cultural and social landmarks of the capital. The development company Crestyl, in cooperation with the world-famous British architectural and design studio Heatherwick, plans to transform it into a luxurious business and social center following the tradition of Prague passages.

According to the developer, 55,000 square meters of shops, restaurants and offices should be built on an area of ​​1.7 hectares.

Courtyard

The part of the complex, hidden from the public’s reach behind the facades of Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, has been decaying for many decades. An important part of the construction of the project will also be the extensive reconstruction of the interior of the historic premises, especially the original Baroque riding school, which will become the heart of the entire complex. Although it will not be the only commercial building, several underground floors will be created below it, which will connect the entire complex with the entrance to the metro.

The individual blocks of the complex, which currently form separate interconnected parts, will be carefully adapted to their specific use. The part oriented to Panská Street will be Time Out Market, which offers a range of gastronomic services, while the block to Jindřišská will offer restaurants connected with green areas. A commercial passage with shops and boutiques will be created in the premises facing Wenceslas Square.

Riding Hall

All three blocks will then connect the area of ​​the Savarin Palace itself with the historic riding school building, which will be transformed into a cultural and social space with a square and a park full of greenery. The entrance to the Savarin Palace itself is located in Na Příkopě Street.

Due to the need for extensive and very sensitive reconstructions of protected architectural monuments, Crestyl invited the help of British designer Thomas Heatherwick. His Heatherwick studio is one of the world’s most respected architectural studios, with extensive experience in renovating historic and industrial buildings.

As part of the Savarin project, the studio plans to connect the renovated historical monuments with modern elements including an outdoor staircase and publicly accessible roof terraces with gardens. The purpose is to build on the architecture and concept of loggias and offer visitors unique views of the panorama of Prague and the roofs of the Old and New Towns in the heart of the historic center. Outdoor open areas are scheduled to occupy more than a third of all areas.”

Crestyl Savarin, Prague – Heatherwick