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CZECH REPUBLIC Tallest Czech tower design unveiled

Architecture and urban planning
The Chybik + Kristof architectural studio has revealed its designs for Ostrava Tower in Ostrava city centre, which will be the tallest building in the Czech Republic.

The 56-storey skyscraper is to be 235m in height. It will contain 98,000 sqm of multifunctional space, including offices, apartments, a convention centre, a hotel as well as retail and service space. The building will also feature a rooftop garden, while a new plaza is to be created around the tower linking it to the neighbouring Nová Karolina shopping centre.

In rethinking the typology of the skyscraper and its function to serve the public and activate the urban environment, one of our core missions was to create a positive social impact in the heart of Ostrava. The studio’s intention was to create a simple but powerful form that acts as a beacon into the city centre.
Michal Kristof, architect and co-founder of Chybik + Kristof

The studio has declared that its intention is “to rehabilitate the city centre and activate the public space within the tower and its immediate environment. Its iconic X-like structure and diagonal geometry unifies the entire building, providing it with alternating levels of publicly accessible functions and private facilities that act in harmony. Shifted on its own axis, the design of the building, composed of a complex set of alternating walls and its glass façade, supports its multipurpose functions and provides the residential units with stunning vistas of the city and the surrounding landscape, while also providing privacy and substantial living space.”

Ostrava Tower will be situated in the city’s Moravská Ostrava district, on a 0.83 ha plot between 28. října, Těžařská, Porážková and Jantarová streets. The site, which lies at the eastern entrance of the city centre, was bought following a tender held in 2020 by the investor behind the project, RT Torax, for CZK 61.7 mln (app. EUR 2.5 mln). The company’s initial plan was to develop two buildings – a residential tower and an office and services building. Ostrava Tower is scheduled for completion in 2027.

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