SVATAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC
The Medard site covers a total area of 2 000 hectares, of which the water surface of the lake is 500 hectares, which is twice as large as Lake Mácha. The aim of our study was to propose a functional solution for the land use around the lake with an emphasis on sustainable development, ecology, and employment. This is the largest project of this type in the Czech Republic.
For us, the beauty of the area was crucial for the successful development of its quality of life, but also its function, economy, ecology, and the concept of a smart green location, demography, and sociology. The area around Lake Medard is a huge opportunity for the development of the entire Karlovy Vary Region. Other flooded lakes, such as Lake Milada in the Ústí nad Labem region, have always been designed primarily from the perspective of landscape architecture and as a place for recreation. Of course, we are thinking about that too. However, we are aware that restoring a balanced cultural landscape brings new life to the site, which the Sokolov region needs. Working with data and analyzing what is best in terms of overall transformation and investment was key to our proposal. Only in this way can a place develop in a truly healthy and effective way.
We have built the development of the Lake Medard site on 6 pillars.
Among these pillars is the principle that the FREE BANK BELONGS TO EVERYBODY. It will remain undeveloped and offer a walking and biking trail. Other pillars are the CITY “HARBOR” district, which takes advantage of the eastern shores of the lake and the landscaping and shoreline or transportation infrastructure already in place, and LIVING ON THE WATER, which will be the initiator and positive flagship of the entire transformation. The third pillar is the HOUSE “ISLAND”. A modern technologically intelligent building of the 21st century literally growing out of the water. Another key characteristic of the transformation is LIVING OVER THE LAKE, where the design cleverly uses the edges of the terraces and the terraces themselves, which were created by the original excavator movement. Of course, there is also space for SPORT AND RECREATION, and the transformation will be in harmony with the SMART LOCATION philosophy.
Svatava, Czech Republic