Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) unveiled plans to redevelop a brownfield site in Prague. Commissioned by the investment company Penta, the firm will transform the site into a 90,000-square-meter complex connected to the city’s existing transport infrastructure and the Masaryk Railway Station.
The new mixed-use development will function as a central business district connected to Prague’s Vaclav Havel International Airport via the adjacent Masaryk station. The project will stitch together Districts 1, 3 and 8, creating a sequence of buildings and interconnecting public spaces along Na Florenci Boulevard. A new public plaza will be created adjacent to the railway station, providing a gateway to the city and linking with Namesti Republiky Station on Line B of the metro network.
A series of buildings varying in scale and composition will accommodate the city’s growing service and IT sectors’ requirements for flexible office spaces. The design responds to the Old Town’s urbanism, establishing a dialogue with the city by alternating vertically depending on the configuration of neighboring properties.
“In collaboration with our partners and the city, we have developed an urbanism for the site which draws inspiration from our analysis of the city and the site’s dynamic circulation networks,” says Craig Kiner, Project Associate at ZHA. “[It creates] an architectural response that is sensitive to context, unifying in aspiration and contributes to the urban fabric of Prague.”