We proposed to divide the current building of the Cultural and Administrative Center into two. We are thus improving the passableness of the square. We increase the accessibility of individual parts of the building and create an intimate public space, into which it is possible to open the shop windows of a café or a library.
The aim of the design is to make the park “náměstí Republiky” the city center. However, some modernist schemes cannot be corrected, they can be only understood, think through. By inserting another layer, it is possible to add the urban pattern of people’s behavior to the place and at the same time not to lose the magic of the modernist dream – “life in the green”.
The physical change of the space and the house is not so radical. We work with the essence and analogy of urban spaces and we fundamentally change the feeling of the center of Neratovice. From the library you can see “across the street” to the cafe, from the cafe to the town hall and the library.
People make intuitive decisions on the basis of what is easily visible, they observe, rest, meet neighbors, go to the theater or cinema, handle their routine agenda at the town hall, know where the representatives of their city are based.
An intelligible urban public space is created. We want to lean on the modernist dream. We need a park and trees around a solid ground. We are thickening the park and proposing a more intense contrast between “city” and “nature”. From all the houses of the Center you can see or perceive the park, which closely surrounds the solid square and creates harmony with it. You can still choose. The house and its contents will not enliven the entire park, which continues through the sparse city. We are not trying the impossible. Where we expect and plan the action, we open the Center on a solid carpet of paving surrounded by the original park.