In a bold architectural move, Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed their design for “Masaryčka,” a high-rise marvel located adjacent to one of Prague’s major railway stations. Envisioned as a welcoming gateway to the city, the structure caters to suburban and domestic rail passengers, as well as those utilizing the forthcoming express rail link to Prague’s international airport.
The 300,000-square-foot development seamlessly integrates with Prague’s Old Town, engaging in a visual dialogue with its historic architecture and urbanism. The complex, housing office and retail spaces, boasts a distinctive design featuring seven stories on its eastern side and nine stories on the western end.
Externally, the double-skin façade incorporates fins that serve the dual purpose of solar shading in the summer and a visual transformation of the project’s horizontal composition to match the verticality of the western façade facing the iconic spires of the Old Town. Terraces cascade down the building’s wings, offering a unique spatial arrangement, with additional terracing on the eastern façade providing direct outdoor access to every office floor.
Atop the structure, communal roof gardens provide a green oasis, while a hybrid ventilation system, supported by a high-efficiency plant featuring waste heat recovery systems, ensures sustainability. The landscape strategy incorporates local plant species, shrubs, and trees irrigated by a rainwater collection system.
Zaha Hadid Architects has once again pushed the boundaries of architectural innovation with Masaryčka, creating a harmonious blend of modernity & historical resonance at the heart of Prague’s evolving urban landscape.