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Vaulted Tunneled Store Fronts

Petr Janda Transformed River Bank Vaults into Public Spaces

— October 8, 2021 — Art & Design
Petr Janda transformed a series of vaults along the Vltava River in Prague into public cafes and galleries. The transformation is part of a plan to revitalize the historic embankment into unique and usable areas. Approximately four kilometers of the Czech capital's riverbank is part of the project.

Janda's studio, Brainwork, developed a plan to create a waterfront promenade to reactivate three sections of the embankment and introduce new public functions. Large glass-fronted vaults are designated for shops and galleries, while the steel door vaults are used for cafes and workshops. Other tunneled spaces are transformed into public toilets. To achieve a sense of cohesion along the riverbank, the architects and designers employed a consistent material palette throughout.

Image Credit: Petr Janda
Trend Themes
1. Waterfront Promenade Revitalization - There is an opportunity to make use of underutilized waterfront spaces by creating public areas and functions for people to enjoy.
2. Transformation of Underutilized Spaces - Turning unused underground spaces into publicly accessible areas can provide new opportunities for businesses to attract customers.
3. Cohesion in Urban Design - Using consistent design elements in public spaces along a river or waterfront can create a more visually appealing and user-friendly environment for visitors.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Urban Planning - By incorporating underutilized spaces into their designs architects can create unique and functional public areas for communities.
2. Retail and Hospitality - Businesses can capitalize on the trend of vaulted tunneled store fronts by turning underground spaces into cafes, shops, and workshops.
3. Construction and Engineering - Construction and engineering firms can benefit from the trend towards waterfront revitalization by helping to turn these underutilized areas into new public spaces.
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