Ostrava has long been shaped by its history as an industrial and transportation hub formed around the various factories and regional centers. Now, this Northern Silesian city is experiencing a renaissance. Fragments of the past are merging with the needs of the present, creating an urban landscape with a high quality of life, full of interesting architectural projects, excellent educational opportunities, a vibrant cultural scene, and welcoming public spaces.
Ostrava’s imposing Art Nouveau palaces, villas, and industrial buildings were erected by important builders and architects, such as Felix Neumann, František Fiala, Sr., Ottokar Böhm, Camillo Sitte, Bohumil Hübschmann, Alois Kubiček, Pavel Janák, and others. Today, the past meets the present and architecture is flourishing in Ostrava once again. Its industrial landmarks, like the Lower Vítkovice ironworks or Trojhalí Karolina, have come alive thanks to architect Josef Pleskot and his team, and other significant projects are in the works—a boldly designed concert hall by the American architect Steven Holl and the Architecture Acts studio, the largest building in the Czech Republic, Ostrava Tower, from the Chybik + Kristof duo of architects, the Moravian-Silesian Research Library whose black cube form was created by Kuba & Pilař architects, and the campus of the University of Ostrava at Černá louka. But this list is far from complete.