The Forgotten Layer
thesis project - Prague (CZ)
Master in Urban Planning & Spatial Design - Sint-Lucas school of Architecture, Ghent-Brussels
This project for an abandoned railway site is situated just north of the historic centre of Prague, Czech Republic. The railway activities have faded away in the seventies and the site and adjacent neighborhoods are anxiously awaiting new activities and a fresh image. The presence of an enormous underground structure, a remnant of the Socialist era, formed the basis for a research on the use of underground spaces in an urban strategy. When connected to the subway networks, these underground spaces form an extra urban layer. Examples can be found in "underground cities" in Toronto and Montreal where shopping centres, offices and services are interlinked with the subway system. The use of underground spaces has a long history and many cultures have sought protection and (religious) meaning underground. As for Prague these underground structures have remained a forgotten layer until now...