Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 2017-2018
Client: Unibail-Rodamco
Status: Competition
Size: 106,500m² (66,500m² retail, 9,000m² F&B, 7,500m² leisure)
Credits: ACME Team (Grace Chan, Blerta Copa, Anne-Sophie Delaveau, Laurent Dubuis, Friedrich Ludewig, Vojtech Nemec, Monica Safta, Matei Vl?sceanu)
Since the advent of the metro, Prague has rapidly expanded outwards from the medieval core. Metropole Zličin Prague is located halfway between the city centre and the airport. Metropole is a 2000s development in the tradition of American suburban shopping centres, surrounded by parking and low density housing.

The transport network allows for a transformation and extension of the scheme that relinquishes dependence on the car, and creates a more urban centre for the locals, the pedestrians and commuters of the area. The extension of Metropole seeks to turn the scheme from a generic development into a sequence of spaces that are uniquely Prague.

The car park is clad in wooden slats that appear to ripple and change when seen from the adjacent motorway. Structural Timber is used wherever possible to ensure the scheme achieves its target of complete Carbon Neutrality in construction and in use. Courtyards and open spaces provide exterior environments with real sun, wind and air. Strong design guidelines are used to curate the frontages, signs and entrances, creating a more coordinated assemblage that reintroduces the beauty and composition of arcades common in Prague in the 19th and 20th Century.