Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has worked with local partners and the Czech capital city of Prague to regenerate a brownfield urban site adjacent to the city’s Masaryk Railway Station that has stood derelict for several decades.
The design establishes a new central business district that integrates the city’s transport networks including the suburban and domestic rail services at Masaryk Station and the coach/bus terminus.
Masaryk station will also become the future city terminus for the new airport rail link to Prague’s Vaclav Havel International Airport.
Approximately one kilometre from Prague’s central square, the design responds to the Old Town’s reputation as “The City of 100 Spires”; anchoring the new public plaza at the station by transforming the project’s horizontal composition parallel to the railway lines.
The design also offers the potential to further improve connectivity through the city with a new public space over the railway lines, creating a north/south connection between Na Florenci Boulevard linking Havlíčkova/Namesty Masarykovo, Na Florenci and Opletalova/Hybernská, as well as increasing accessibility to the platforms of Masaryk Railway Station below.
Marek Dospiva, partner at developer Penta said: “Since selecting Zaha Hadid Architects’ design as the winner of the 2014 competition, Penta has partnered with the city, Zaha Hadid and her team at ZHA to develop the designs to regenerate this site in the capital that has been abandoned for decades into a vibrant new central business district with exceptional public spaces.”
Craig Kiner, project associate at ZHA said: “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, creating an architectural response that is sensitive to context, unifying in aspiration and contributes to the urban fabric of Prague.”
Penta anticipates construction of phase one could be completed in 2020, with all phases completed in 2022.