We Must Develop
Two new buildings of the University of Ostrava will
be built near the Černá louka exhibition grounds by
a consortium of two companies, the Ostrava branch
of IMOS Brno and Beskydská stavební from Třinec,
who won the competition. The premises, worth about
a billion Czech crowns, will serve the sports and arts
“The project is another cornerstone in the history of the
university and of the city. We must develop top-quality
education even outside technical fields. This is why we
together have found a site between the Antonín Dvořák
Theatre and the river, which had long been neglected
despite its strategic location in the very centre of Ostrava.
The project will allow the university to create and run
new programmes of study,” says Jan Lata, Rector of the
University of Ostrava.
City Mayor Tomáš Macura adds, “Both the buildings will
serve the university as well as the public. Donating the
city estate therefore equals a smart investment which will
support the development of the city and all the region.
We will back-up the construction of the new buildings by
donations from the estate along with the construction of
an underground car park to be used by the public.”
The City of Ostrava donated the university estates worth
42 million CZK, and will build the underground car
park (situated under the Sports Department facilities)
worth 117 million CZK. The University of Ostrava was
granted nearly a billion Czech crowns from EU funds.
“This was an exceptional, once-in-a-decade opportunity
to win financing for the project, therefore we had to act
very quickly. Moreover, the grant requires only 5% of
our participation, which is extremely favourable to the
university,” clarifies Lata.
The winning designs came from Simona architectural
studio (architect Roman Kuba) for an atypical building
with an oval running track on the roof; while the other
building, the Cluster of Design and Art of the Faculty of
Fine Arts, was mostly designed by architect Kamil Mrva.
The new building of the Faculty of Fine Arts will be home
to the musical department with a number of dedicated
rehearsal rooms and classrooms, facilities for the Centre
of Digital Technologies and Design, a multimedia
classroom, a chamber hall and research lab for music
therapy. There will also be the DesignLab, a room to
hold exhibitions, and the MusicLab, a chamber music
The new buildings and their environment will connect
sportsgrounds with labs and classrooms furnished with
smart technologies. Modern instruction facilities will
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