FERRY - HOLESOVICE/KARLIN
The main urban aim was to connect two parts of Prague – Karlín and Holešovice – two Prague districts separated by the river and infrastructure. All connections have the same function, whether it is a bridge, a ferry or a cable car. They are reaching the same goal, by other instrument. I design a ferry as a concept of ‘floating bridge’, flying form bank to bank as a shuttle. Same investment to the footbridge would allow several years of operation of the ferry. Ferry is also designed as a refundable investment. The new connection is a vein innervating two separated parts of the city.
The object becomes thanks to the added function not only a vehicle but also a target. The vessel is designed in the shape of cube, as a paraphrase of Chinese lantern. Its cover diffuses light from the inside, it floats on the water. Its façade is a veil, transparent but still hazy. It shows what is happening from the inside out.
The starting point is Karlín. Passenger enters from the floating pontoon pier through the front slit to the cavity of lantern. The space inside is left open, encircling the core of the building. The core is covered with light white façade panels. This core allows access to the second floor, which serves as an observation bar to make the journey more confortable. The bar is glazed by sliding windows, which offer the possibility of opening the space to the exterior.