'V7_underground' to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague

'V7_underground' to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague

 

V7_underground: turning no-go area into a safe + vibrant hub

 

czechian firms U/U studio and re_place are finalizing, in cooperation with prague 7 municipality, the revitalization of neglected underpasses at the vltavská intersection – transforming the once no-go area into a vibrant and barrier-free spot for people to meet. featuring a skate arena, basketball court, cafe with amphitheatre, new concrete floors, painted murals, and 24/7 lighting, the V7_underground project presents itself as a family-friendly park that is safe for all. to the surprise of U/U studio, the space has already gained heavy success before its official opening – attracting hundreds of visitors every day. 

 

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all images © U/U studio

 

 

always at the ‘trinity’ of sports, music, and visual arts, the teams at U/U studio and re_place wanted to attract a wide range of residents and visitors to a place where no one wants to go or is afraid to go to. ‘we had no intention of building another enclosed skate park. we mapped the needs of everyone – women and men across generations. at one point, [their needs] crossed paths. only open sharing – in this case, the sharing of a sports site – has a chance to awaken empathy and respect in people within the contours of contemporary big-city stress,‘ comments U/U studio. you can view U/U studio’s works here, and re_place’s here

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V7_underground combines leisure and sports activities in a family-friendly and 24/7 lit park

 

 

celebrating urban life with ‘light’ and colorful designs 

 

the architects and authorities, however, initially faced – and quickly resolved – a challenge while designing the space: ‘no one had experience with a park combining skateboarding, bouldering and basketball, operating not behind a fence but on an open transport road. in the labyrinth of rules, we searched together for – and found – a solution that can be considered a ‘sample’ for other similar projects.’  in other words, they managed to elevate the positives of traffic movement while suppressing its negatives.

 

 

 

 

vltavská street is one of prague’s most prominent nodes – desirable with its permanent movement and highly burdened with its externalities (noise, smog, etc.). the latter was counteracted by adopting a ‘light’ design approach – i.e., introducing sports activities that don’t require complex and expensive infrastructure. ‘we are discovering dead spots in the city and looking for their hidden potential. we never wanted to demolish and build new solutions. we rely on low costs and fine-tuning,’ explain the architects. as a final touch, to elevate and humanize the lightness of the structural layout, a vibrant color scheme runs across the concrete surfaces for riders, players, and passersby to enjoy. 

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U/U studio designed a park that is well lit and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

'V7_underground' to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague
colorful elements inject new energy into the long-standing concrete

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'V7_underground' to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague
the basketball court sits quietly next to the busy traffic movement

'V7_underground' to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague
new obstacles and elements on site meet the needs of both beginners and experienced riders

 

 

 

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‘V7_underground’ to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague
 
‘V7_underground’ to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague
 
‘V7_underground’ to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague
 
‘V7_underground’ to open soon as new sports and leisure park in prague
 

project info:

 

name: V7_underground

status: finalization phase 
location: vltavská streetprague
architecture: U/U studio, re_place
collaborator: prague 7 municipality

photography: U/U studio

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

 

edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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