Mimosa Architekti ● Vyšehradská 320/49, 128 00 Praha 2 ●

Name: Information and Tourist Centre Zelená hora (Green mountain)
Architectural study: 2021
Cooperation: Dalibor Pospíšil, Petr Vávra, Eliška Vinklárková
Visualisation: mvize visualisation

In the competition on the information and tourist centre in the neighbourhood of iconic Santini’s church of St. Jan Nepomucký at Zelená hora (the Green Mountain) (a UNESCO monument) the jury presided by Mr. Zdeněk Fránek awarded second place to our proposal.

„The proposal impressed the jury with its poetry and unconventional conception of an illusion of temporarity as well as by its philosophic approach. The authors give up shaping, however, owing to the fabric veiling of building they gently refer to baroque-gothic forms. The selected form of a wooden building well conforms to its purpose. The facility excels with its lightness and space saving. The jury appraised its transversal permeability that takes account of required operating links.“


The ITC stands as the clear point at the end of development area, it is its definite border. But it remains a passing construction crouching below the architecture that rises at the top of a hill „for eternity“. It is the construction, which is passing as well as its neighbours, that could be blown away by the wind tomorrow and the world would not change anyway, in the same way as tents and stands along the travel of pilgrims to a church, which appeared and disappeared for centuries.

The ITC facility should be placed at the hill foot, at the place, where the historical coupling of the castle and the church is unpleasantly breaking now. It stands just as to stop a visitor for a moment and direct him towards the „correct“ way. For the visitors coming from the castle it will be naturally at hand and those, who come directly below the hill, will be guided along the historical way of pilgrims, to the experience of its final climbing.

The place of Zelená hora has been – and we want to be even in the future – the place coming to life with pilgrims – the visitors, who are brought in by their search after a rapture from their everyday world, the atmosphere that has been cared for centuries. The ITC should not be anything more than a modest background of their experience, a short stop, a breath before the last section of their pilgrimage. This function was performed by the stands and tents in the past, now this could be supplied with a light, with a fabric covered building that is able to be removed as quickly as its predecessors.

The proposal has placed second in the architectural competition for the Information and Tourist Centre Zelená Hora.