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Aiming to reinstate the central business district of Prague and integrate the city’s bus and train systems, Zaha Hadid Architects has proposed a dynamic scheme adjacent to the Masaryk Railway Station. The existing brownfield site will be regenerated with a series of buildings that vary in scale and composition to be compatible with the city’s existing urban fabric. The resulting mixed-use development stitches together Prague’s districts 1, 3 and 8, minimising the impact of the elevated Wilsonova highway which separates them. The unifying composition creates a sequence of buildings and interconnecting public spaces with the addition of a new public plaza created adjacent to the railway station.
‘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.’ – Craig Kiner, Project Associate, ZHA.
Displaying a layered façade, the vast design responds to the old town’s urbanism known as ‘the City of 100 Spires’; establishing a dialogue with the city and anchoring the new public plaza at the station by dynamically transforming the project’s horizontal composition parallel with the railway lines to the vertical on the west façade facing the old town.