In the long term, the Edvard Beneš embankment under Prague’s Letná will belong more to cars or moored boats than to people.
According to architects Miroslav Krátký and Tomáš Jan Cieśla (Archicraft), this is a pity. Their initiative aims to bring life back to this area.
“Located in the privileged historical center of Prague, with buildings of citywide significance, can such a place still be neglected, even partly inaccessible to the public nowadays? Unfortunately, it can,” warns the two architects.
The Edvard Beneš Embankment is indeed not very welcoming to people, even though it is located in the very center of Prague.
The architects presented their proposal to the Prague 7 Development Commission.
“The municipal district considers the waterfront solution to be extremely necessary, also because of the nearby Vltava Philharmonic project. We were particularly impressed by the attention the architects paid to the civic swimming pool area and the waterfront park area near the Guard House at Rudolf’s Stola,” comments Lenka Burgerová, Deputy Mayor for Territorial Development and Participation from Prague 7.
So what could be improved? The area next to the Straka Academy could be made more attractive. The former swimming pool could also be revived.
Edvard Beneš Embankment leads from Klárov in the Lesser Town as a street that is surrounded by buildings, and concurrent with Kosárek Embankment along the inland side of the Straka Academy.
It further continues as a classic waterfront along the foot of Letná, around the Čech Bridge until the Štefánik Bridge. The road in the direction of Holešovice crosses both bridges grade-separated junction and is formed under them.
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