How to bring life back into a city centre? Ostrava is clear about it. The city council plans to make the Nová Karolína-Černá louka-main square triangle more attractive by transforming the Černá louka (Black Meadow) area. As designed by the Dutch studio Maxwan, the area should change into an attractive quarter. The study incorporates new structures into an approximately 13-hectare complex of the formerly busy exhibition grounds. Pavilion A and the Puppet Theatre will be preserved, but the existing garages and other buildings are to be demolished. The city’s priority is the construction of a concert hall, and then probably a municipal gallery. Seven new structures altogether shall be erected in the complex, serving for education, dwelling, or other purposes chosen by private investors. All the newly constructed buildings will have underground car parks.
According to the plan, Černá louka should be transformed within ten years. On 27 June, a planning study shall be submitted to municipal representatives for approval.
The first, most complicated stage of the unique transformation of Dolní oblast Vítkovice (Lower Vítkovice area) has been completed. Now the construction of the World of Technology has commenced, and Trojhalí (Triple-hall) should follow soon. In only a few days, the first big load test of the newly built Lower Vítkovice area will start. Tens of thousands of people will arrive there for the Colours of Ostrava music festival. They are to be offered ten hectares of stage areas, top-class acoustics in a former gasholder changed into a multipurpose Gong hall, grass areas for resting, and a newly reconstructed instructional trail within the Blast Furnace no. 1. Currently, the transformation of power exchange VI to an interactive museum is being finished, opening in autumn. The World of Technology will be a unique space for games and displays explaining natural laws and technical sciences to children as well as adults. It will occupy 10,000 square metres, its total cost will reach CZK 690 million, CZK 571 million of which will be covered by a subsidy from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The uniqueness of the project also confirms the fact that members of the Dolní oblast Vítkovice association have drawn inspiration from similar centres all around the world. The World of Technology will welcome its first visitors in III/Q of 2014. The reconstruction of the former power and control exchange, so-called Triple-hall, will follow, commencing this July or August. In a year, a covered square will be created behind Nová Karolína, serving for cultural, sport, and other social activities. No later than in September, the construction of extended Ruská Street will start, connecting the area to the municipal transport system. The transformation of Dolní oblast Vítkovice, included in the European Culture Heritage List in 2008, fascinates both the general and professional public. The ongoing renewal is astonishing, unparalleled in the Czech Republic.
In the years to come, the third largest university in the country will be created here, with the ambition to become a scientific and research centre. The merger of the Vysoká škola báňská-Technical University of Ostrava with the University of Ostrava is perceived as a great opportunity for the future. The planned interconnection of medical, natural-scientific, and technical disciplines will be totally unique in the Czech Republic. Both universities have already started working on common scientific and research projects, focusing on biomedicine and the development of selected technologies for medical applications. However, the journey will be complicated, leading into yet unexplored territories.
In just a few years, Ostrava should change into a centre of modern fine arts. This should be achieved by the planned extension to the House of Arts called White Shadow. Extraordinary exhibitions and thousands of domestic and foreign visitors. Recently, the Gallery of Fine Arts in Ostrava (GVUO) has been breaking records for visitor numbers. This should be solved by the planned extension to the House of Arts, introduced by the GVUO last year. A nine-metre high building, called White Shadow, is the work of the architect Josef Pleskot. It will provide the House of Arts with much needed space for permanent exhibitions, studios, laboratories, and also a study centre and library. This building gives Ostrava a unique chance to become, again after 85 years, a flagship of fine arts in the Czech Republic. Originally, the construction commencement was scheduled to take place in late 2013; however, the GVUO had to abandon this plan.
The University of Ostrava has started the construction of a research centre for CZK 350 million. On Monday, the University of Ostrava commenced the construction of a multidisciplinary research centre under the Faculty of Medicine. The new centre, costing over CZK 350 million, should be completed in 2014 and will include laboratories, data centres, workshop rooms, lecture rooms, and technological facilities for the development of medical and related social and natural-scientific disciplines, and for research. It will be erected within the present compound of the Faculty of Medicine in Ostrava-Vítkovice, in the former maternity pavilion of the closed-down Zábřeh hospital.