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Redefining Prague’s Skyline: The Masaryčka Building by Zaha Hadid Architects

Masarycka Building, Prague, CZ / Zaha Hadid Architects

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The Masaryčka building, an architectural masterpiece crafted by Zaha Hadid Architects, proudly dominates the Prague skyline, revolutionizing the city’s urban fabric. Encompassing a vast expanse of 28,000 square meters, this remarkable structure seamlessly blends office and retail spaces across its seven-story eastern section and nine-story western end. With a keen eye on the evolving needs of the corporate world, this development embraces modern working trends while leaving an indelible mark on the cityscape.

Masarycka Building, Prague, CZ / Zaha Hadid Architects

Integrating with Czech Railways’ modernisation of the historic Masaryk Railway Station that is creating a new public square partially over the railway tracks, Masaryčka’s design will enhance accessibility to the railway platforms below and provide new pedestrian routes between Florenc and Hybernská on either side of the station.

Masarycka Building, Prague, CZ / Zaha Hadid Architects

Bordered by Masaryk Station’s railway platforms to the south, Na Florenci street to the north, and the Wilsonova elevated freeway to the east, Masaryčka has been constructed on a derelict site that has stood abandoned for several decades. To the west, Masaryčka replaces the existing car park on Havlíčkova Boulevard with a new public square with interchanges between city’s rail, tram and bus networks; defining a welcoming gateway to the city for suburban and domestic rail passengers as well as those using the express rail link that is currently under-construction to Prague’s international airport.

Masarycka Building, Prague, CZ / Zaha Hadid Architects

Located one kilometre east of the city centre’s Staroměstské Square, Masaryčka’s design establishes a dialogue with the architecture and urbanism of Prague’s Old Town – known as ‘the golden city of 100 spires’. External fins within Masaryčka’s façade contribute to solar shading in the summer and transform the project’s horizontal composition to the verticality of its western façade facing the spires of the Old Town.

Masarycka Building, Prague, CZ / Zaha Hadid Architects

Targeting LEED Platinum certification, Masaryčka’s incorporates a double-insulated façade that ensures optimal natural light at all work areas and communal spaces. A cascade of terraces divides the two buildings while similar terracing on the eastern façade gives every office floor direct access to generous outdoor spaces. Communal roof gardens offer panoramic views across the city. Hybrid ventilation is supported by a high-efficiency plant with waste heat recovery systems while the building’s smart management systems continually monitor and adjust environmental controls to reduce energy consumption.

Masarycka Building, Prague, CZ / Zaha Hadid Architects

Planting using local species of plants, shrubs and trees irrigated by Masaryčka’s rainwater collection system, including the transformation of Na Florenci into a tree-lined avenue, will provide cooling summer shade and natural air purification. Low-flow systems and grey-water recycling will further reduce the centre’s water consumption.

Masarycka Building, Prague, CZ / Zaha Hadid Architects

Due for completion in 2026, Czech Railways’ renovation of Masaryk Railway Station adjacent to Masaryčka retains the existing historic terminus building and includes the construction of the new public square partially over the tracks giving access to individual platforms and a direct transfer to Prague’s metro line B. Transforming the station into a fully accessible, multi-modal transport hub for the city, its modernisation programme extends the current number of tracks from seven to nine and reconstructs all platforms, overhead line equipment and power supply.