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Park of Memories Aš, Czech Republic by SOA architekti & Ateliér KONCEPT

Project name:
Park of Memories Aš
Architecture firm:
SOA architekti, Ateliér KONCEPT (Ondřej Píhrt, Štefan Šulek, Ondřej Laciga, Petr Kostner, Martina Kostnerová, Tomáš Prinz, Vladimír Dufek)
U Radnice, Aš, Czech Republic
Alex Shoots Buildings
Principal architect:
Landscape Architecture:
Ateliérem zahradní a krajinářské architektury Mariánské Lázně
Design team:
Tereza Březovská, Filip Rašek, Pavel Směták, Tomáš Dantlinger, Martin Prinz, Vlastimil Čegan, Miroslav Čech, Michal Pašava, Petr Matala, Michal Durdis, Jiří Kudrna
VR: Time Trip
Gross floor area 47 500 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
RMC stavby
Granite stone cobblestone paving – paving. Packed gravel path – pavement surface. Solid wood – podium, pavement. Steel profiles – footbridge
2 200 000 €
Town of Aš

SOA architekti,  Ateliér KONCEPT: The Park of Memories in Aš represents an interesting concept of revitalisation and urban development of the city, using the geographical and symbolic potential of the area. The project aims to recall the forgotten values of the past and guide visitors through the city's turbulent history. The park concept includes the Time Trip mobile application, a modern information system that offers visitors a glimpse into the city's past while providing interesting information in the form of interactive points in the park. This innovative added value not only educates but also entertains visitors. The basic compositional principle of the park follows a spatio-temporal parallel, creating a gradual transition from the urbanised park space around Goethe's Square to the forest park on Okružní Street.

This compositional idea links the botanical and architectural concept of the park, which reflects the diversity of the city's historical periods. The project is also based on a sad chapter in the history of Aš connected with the destruction of the largest cemetery in Aš in the 1970s. The loss of cultural and historical values during this event is reflected in the Historical Park, where a memorial in the form of a granite block has been created. The flat memorial consists of a collection of stone blocks of different sizes with recesses for candles. It is a meeting place for people from the area and neighbouring Germany, creating a space where they can remember their ancestors.

The repair of the oldest stone bridge in the city, which connects the old and new parts of the Lutheran cemetery, is another step towards restoring the historical heritage. Work on the project was accompanied by an archaeological survey, which revealed old graves, human remains and the remains of buildings. This care for historical artefacts underlines the effort to respect the past. The newly discovered historic cellars, several dozen metres long, will be used for cultural events, helping to link the past with the present life of the city.

A new element that creates a parallel path through the park is a footbridge. The atypical combination of a central steel structure and wood creates a subtle structure that winds through the park. The footbridge is connected to wooden platforms and walkways. The new surface of the path symbolically does not touch the surface of the original cemetery. As part of the entire project, all surfaces were carefully modified so that they could effectively absorb water. This is a key element of the ecological design, which helps to reduce flood risk and improve the local water cycle.

Additional information

The park is part of the Time Trip mobile app (timetrip.cz), which enables time travel in virtual reality and displays historical objects and events in real time on the screen of a mobile phone or tablet, at the actual size where the monuments were originally located. With the app, it is possible to look into different time periods and see what Aš looked like back then and learn interesting facts about its history. The project was created thanks to a long-term international cooperation between Aš and the neighbouring German city of Selbe.  The project was partly funded by a cross-border programme.


About studio / author

Based in Wenceslas Square at the heart of Prague’s New Town, SOA architekti was established in 2015 by Stefan Sulek, Ondrej Pihrt and Ondrej Laciga. Their name, SOA, is an acronym standing for Sons of Architecture.  SOA originally focused on interior and residential projects, before branching out. Recently, they have been developing as a specialist in school and educational structures.

By Liliana Alvarez

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