New concert hall and reconstruction of the City of Ostrava Cultural Centre
The new concert hall will be located at a site directly adjacent to the existing City of Ostrava Cultural Centre. It will provide a home for the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. The hall will be built to the design which won the architectural competition, submitted by New York-based Steven Holl Architects in conjunction with the Prague studio Architecture Acts. Construction will begin in 2022, and the completion of the work is scheduled for 2024.
A project of this scale and quality will represent a major boost to Ostrava’s international cultural prestige. Most people associate Sydney with its iconic opera house, and the Berliner Philharmonie is not only a wonderful venue for the city’s cultural life, but also a bold and much-admired example of experimental architecture. Ostrava’s new concert hall will be a similarly iconic world-class venue that will attract orchestras and visitors from all over the world.
The winner of the international architectural competition for the new concert hall was the New York studio STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS in conjunction with Prague-based ARCHITECTURE ACTS.
While the new concert hall is being built, the existing cultural centre will also undergo a complete reconstruction. The estimated cost of the entire project is 1.5 billion CZK. The City of Ostrava will cover 550 million CZK from its own budget, the Moravian-Silesian Region will contribute 300 million CZK, and the Ministry of Culture will invest 600 million CZK. The Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra will finally have proper facilities at its new home, and the hall will offer a wonderful experience to audiences and musicians alike, helping to raise Ostrava’s profile as a major cultural centre.