Zaha Hadid Architects has teamed with local partners and the City of Prague in the Czech Republic on a project to regenerate derelict land not far from Masaryk railway station.
This new business district will integrate the city's public transport networks, including buses and suburban trains. A new rail link will also run from Vaclav Havel international airport to Masaryk station.
The architects explain that "the 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."
The 90,000 square meter development includes office space, shops and public spaces, and is made up of a series of buildings that are all slightly different in scale. The planned buildings are designed with the curved, wavy forms that characterise the work of Zaha Hadid, who died in March.
The Prague business district is scheduled for completion in 2022.
Zaha Hadid was the first woman to be crowned with the Pritzker Architecture Prize, one of the most prestigious in the profession. She was born in 1950 in Baghdad before studying in Beirut and London. In 1979, she founded her own architecture practice after having worked in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas. She also taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in the USA.
Memorable projects include the London Aquatics Center in the UK, built for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, USA, The Guggenheim Museum in Taiwan and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales.
In 2016, Zaha Hadid became the first woman to receive the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
Hadid's legacy lives on with this Italian ferry terminal, the first of her projects to be completed post-humously.