Transformation of lake Medard and its surroundings

We won the competition for the transformation of the Medard Lake area, and we have once again confirmed that we can work with complex and difficult assignments. The Sokolov region will undergo a radical transformation in the years to come. 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.  

The concept

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 analysing 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 that highlight and develop the unique opportunities of the site. The starting principle is clear – to breed again and improve what was already there. In the past, the area around Lake Medard was already a place to live.  

These pillars include the principle that the free shore is ALL. It will remain undeveloped and offer a pedestrian and bicycle trail. In the visualizations below, you can then see the new CITY “HARBOR” district, which uses the eastern shores of the lake and the landscaping and shoreline or transportation infrastructure already in place, and the WATER HOUSING, which will be the initiator and positive flagship of the entire transformation. The third pillar is the “ISLAND” HOUSE. A modern, technologically intelligent building of the 21st century is literally growing out of the water, as you can also see in the attached visualizations. Another key characteristic of the transformation is LAKE DWELLING, 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 space for SPORT AND RECREATION and of course the development of a SMART LOCATION.