The Gong multi-purpose hall - the conversion of the gas tank in the Dolní Vítkovice National Cultural Heritage Site, was named one of the five winners of the 21st BUILDING OF THE YEAR contest. The prestigious 2013 Building of the Year awards were handed out to building projects on Thursday, 10 October 2013 by representatives of ABF - The Foundation for the Development of Architecture and Engineering.

The Gong multi-purpose hall in Ostrava-Vítkovice received the 2013 Building of the Year award for the creation of a unique culture centre in the former industrial zone, the project involved the sensitive connection of the original and new structure. The project also earned the Public Award.

The undoubtedly unique architectural work was created by converting the original blast furnace gas tank from 1921. Architect Josef Pleskot’s design retained the original appearance of the gas tank and placed the building inside. The project’s uniqueness has already been confirmed by awards from regional competitions, including the GRAND PRIX and the main prize in the category of Civic Facilities in the 2012 BUILDING OF THE MORAVIAN-SILESIAN REGION competition as well as the top prize at the 19th annual BUILDING OF THE YEAR competition in 2012 sponsored by the City of Ostrava.

As in the previous twenty years of the prestigious national architectural Building of the Year competition, this year’s event was also open to projects regardless of the type of building and their cost. The condition for participation in the competition was the completion and opening of the work or the passing of final inspections in the period from June 2012 to May 2013.Headed by architect Radomíra Sedláková, the jury chose from among 54 entries, sixteen of which made it through to the final selection. Joining the GONG multi-purpose hall as winners of the 2013 awards were the Breda & Weinstein sales centre in Opava, the Proton Therapy Center in Prague, the Lípa Resort - Aparthotel Lípa in the Děčín region and the Královo Pole highway tunnels in Brno.

Olomouc, 11 October 2013

  • Architect: Josef Pleskot
  • General contractor: GEMO OLOMOUC, spol. s r.o., Hutní montáže, a.s.
  • Investor: Dolní oblast VÍTKOVICE, an association of legal subjects
  • Chief designer: Josef Pleskot
  • Site manager: Otakar Běťák, GEMO OLOMOUC, spol. s r.o.
  • Applicant: Vítkovice, a.s.