The Pod Žofinkou area is a strategic development zone in the centre of Ostrava. It is an awakening key location of the Moravian-Silesian metropolis. The transformation of a brownfield into the site of a new urban district characterises the new story of the city. The industrial past will be replaced by a welcoming space for modern life, symbolizing the new ambitious Ostrava.
The history of Ostrava is the story of an industrial metropolis. The city‘s early development was inextricably linked to the unprecedented expansion of heavy industry on its territory. For two long centuries Ostrava was primarily a city of coal, steelworks and steel. The Žofin Smelter, with its century-long operational history, was an important part of this history.
With the beginning of the new millennium, Ostrava began to write its new story. It was a time when heavy industry in the city was being downsized and restructured, and it began to change literally before our eyes. There is no similarly unique transformation of a city that is fundamentally changing its face in Central Europe. The area of former industrial sites is coming to life in new functions and becoming a natural urban space. Ostrava is gradually changing into a modern, dynamically developing regional metropolis with a new quality of life for its inhabitants. Ostrava has become a city of new opportunities and new stories.
The beginnings of coal mining in the Ostrava region
Founding of Vítkovice Ironworks
Start of construction of the Žofin Smelter
Complete commissioning of the Žofin Smelter
Closure of the Žofin Smelter
Demolition of the Žofin Smelter
Termination of coal mining in Ostrava
Completion of the reconstruction and commissioning of the historic buildings of the Trojhalí
the only surviving part of the original Žofin Smelter complex
Establishment of the Pod Žofínkou company owning a significant part of the site
Implementation of a conceptual urban planning study for the use of the strategic area of Pod Žofinkou
part of the strategic development plan of Ostrava
Completion of the redevelopment of the Pod Žofinkou brownfield
New Town Hall
Main Railway Station
Forum Nová Karolina Shopping Centre
Nová Karolina Park
P3 Ostrava Central
Lower Vítkovice area
The Great World of Technology
Multifunctional Auditorium Gong
New concert hall
City Campus Černá louka
Antonín Dvořák Theatre
House of Arts
PLATO City Gallery
The most attractive development area in Ostrava with its enormous potential is also matched by an ambitious vision on the part of the city itself and the private landowners. It is a joint project based on a natural partnership of all stakeholders. The key value of the area for the development of the city is clear and unquestionable.
We are at the beginning of a new urban district in Ostrava that will offer a combination of housing, office space and services in a unique location. The new district will connect two key phenomena of Ostrava, its centre and the Lower Vítkovice area, mainly thanks to a new city boulevard with a tram line, which will be the backbone of the entire project. It will become the centre of the metropolis and an extremely attractive place to live. All this in the immediate vicinity of the river and its green corridor, within a 15-minute walk of everything important that urban life has to offer and within an hour's distance of two international airports. In just a few years, the vision will become a reality!
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visualization: City of Ostrava, 4ct/koucky-arch.sz/Sendler/Špilar/Hrdlička