The model was developed since 1980s and it shows how Prague has developed over the last thirty years. Some of the new buildings are not included in the model because they hadn’t been built yet when the model was created. The model was done in scale 1:1000 and its 114 metre of size covers the area of 12,000 ha. Manager of the project Rudolf Pospíšil introduced qualities of the model as well as its interactive function: “Borders are above Trója in the north, by Motol in the west, at OSN square in the east, and in the south they go as far as Chodov metro station.”
More than a model
This huge model of Prague includes many interactive features. There are five touch screen terminals. Four of them are controlled by the cameras placed above the model; thanks to them visitors can take a close look at every part of the model. Parts of the system are photographs and information about significant buildings. Other than that, the visitors can take a look at how the buildings look like in reality.
The fifth panel manipulates a system of projectors that can highlight points of interests, such as monuments, bridges, parks and sport centres. It can also show borders of city districts, cycle paths or ferry routes, a projection also allows you to see how the 2002 floods developed and what the size of the flooded area was.
History of the model
The whole model can be seen for the first time. Due to its size, only individual parts of the model were displayed in the past. “It shows a picture that can be otherwise seen only when flying 2 kilometres above the ground,” said Matěj Horn from Railroad Kingdom during the opening ceremony. The City Development Authority Prague stopped using the model in 2000, when the digital one was created.
According to architect Ladislav Honeiser from The City Development Authority Prague, it was decided to create the model in 1975. Since the beginning it was planned that it will be open to public and it was even meant to be displayed in its own building. “In the same way as the Langweil model captures the look of Prague around 1830, this model documents Prague of 2000,” added L. Honeiser.
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