Will Zaha Hadid Architects' Latest Design Be the Right Fit for Prague?

10:30 - 20 May, 2016
Will Zaha Hadid Architects' Latest Design Be the Right Fit for Prague?, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

In a city as renowned for its historic buildings as Prague, urban change can often be hard to come by – which is why the announcement earlier this month that Zaha Hadid Architects will be designing a large complex of buildings around a railway station close to the city's historic center was big news. But is this the design that Prague needs? In this interview, originally published in Czech by Česká televize, Michaela Polakova speaks to Martin Barry, the Chairman of Prague-based NGO reSITE, for his analysis of how the design will impact the city's future.

Michaela Polakova: What is your opinion on the new Zaha Hadid Architects building in Prague?

Martin Barry: To me, it seems is too early to comment on the aesthetics of the buildings. We should focus on how the collection of buildings enhances the urban character of the city, and how they can improve the urban condition around the buildings. The city is a collection of buildings; the spaces between are what influence people’s lives; not so much the materials and forms of the architecture. That being said, this is a major development site and relatively large footprint of buildings from ZHA adjacent to the historic center of the city. So, we should pay close attention to how the designs develop. At present, it is clear that it is early and they need work.

Mixed Use House / Makovský & partners

05:00 - 15 May, 2016
Mixed Use House  / Makovský & partners, © Manfred Seid
© Manfred Seid
  • Architects

    Makovský & partners; Zdeněk Makovský, Daniel Makovský, Adam Sirotek
  • Location

    Minská 214/85, 616 00 Brno-Brno-Žabovřesky, Czech Republic
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Single-Family Home Ládví / Prodesi

15:00 - 10 May, 2016
Single-Family Home Ládví / Prodesi , Courtesy of Prodesi
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ládví, 251 68 Kamenice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Ing. arch. Pavel Horák
  • Associate

    Radim Oblouk
  • Builder

    Domesi, s.r.o.
  • Planner

    Jan Švarc
  • Area

    178.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Prodesi

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Single-Family Home Jizerské Hory / Prodesi

09:00 - 7 May, 2016
Single-Family Home Jizerské Hory / Prodesi , Courtesy of Prodesi
Courtesy of Prodesi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jizera Mountains, 463 62 Hejnice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Pavel Horák
  • Builder

    Domesi, s.r.o.
  • Planner

    Jan Švarc
  • Area

    81.92 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Prodesi

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Zaha Hadid Architects Will Develop Brownfield Site Adjacent to Prague's Railway Station

10:00 - 6 May, 2016
Zaha Hadid Architects Will Develop Brownfield Site Adjacent to Prague's Railway Station, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects
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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has revealed plans to design and redevelop more than 22,000 square meters of brownfield land in Prague, in a 90,000 square meter development adjacent to the city’s Masaryk Railway Station. ZHA was selected by project partner Penta, an investment company active in ten markets across Europe, as the winner of a 2014 competition for the site. Devising a new central business district, the ZHA plan seeks to integrate with existing means of transit, including suburban and domestic rail services, a bus terminal, Line B of the city’s metro, and a future airport rail link to Vaclav Havel International Airport. Approximately one kilometer from Prague’s central square, the design seeks to create a balance between the horizontality of the railway lines and the verticality and publicness of the Old Town.

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Family House / Atelier K2

05:00 - 2 May, 2016
Family House  / Atelier K2 , © Tomáš Rasl
© Tomáš Rasl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prague, Czech Republic
  • Design Team

    Ing. arch. Jiří Poláček, Ing. arch. Václav Škarda
  • Area

    226.86 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Tomáš Rasl, Courtesy of Atelier K2

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Family Villa in Benešov / Atelier K2

05:00 - 30 April, 2016
Family Villa in Benešov / Atelier K2, © Tomáš Rasl
© Tomáš Rasl

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Operating Area Povodí Vltavy Offices / ATELIER 8000

17:00 - 29 April, 2016
Operating Area Povodí Vltavy Offices / ATELIER 8000, © Jan Mahr
© Jan Mahr
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Martin Krupauer, Jiří Střítecký
  • Area

    2075.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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The Origami Project / Qarta Architektura

02:00 - 17 April, 2016
The Origami Project / Qarta Architektura, © Lukáš Žentel
© Lukáš Žentel
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pod Karlovarskou silnicí, 161 00 Praha 6, Czech Republic
  • Architects in Charge

    David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák
  • Area

    4204.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Business School Atrium Extension / Restudio

19:00 - 15 April, 2016
Business School Atrium Extension / Restudio , © Alexander Dobrovodský
© Alexander Dobrovodský
  • Architects

  • Location

    Kamýcká 129, 165 00 Praha-Praha-Suchdol, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Restudio
  • Area

    250.8 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Family House / ATELIER 111

13:00 - 8 April, 2016
Family House  / ATELIER 111, © Jiri Weinzettl
© Jiri Weinzettl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zámostí, 373 41 Hluboká nad Vltavou, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Jiří Weinzettl, Barbora Weinzettlová
  • Area

    185.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Open Call: Modular Building of the Philharmonic

10:43 - 26 March, 2016
Open Call: Modular Building of the Philharmonic, ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS - MODULAR BUILDING OF THE PHILHARMONIC
ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS - MODULAR BUILDING OF THE PHILHARMONIC

The purpose of the architectural competition is to bring attractive ideological solutions for the proposal of a new multi-purpose building of the philharmonic orchestra in České Budějovice. The topic of the competition is the design of a multi-purpose centre of the South Czech Philharmonic with a variable hall for an audience of up to 1,000 persons, combined with an open stage for open-air concerts with all the necessary amenities for the artists as well as for the visitors of the cultural installation of the South Czech Philharmonic.

Sky Walk / Franek Architects

02:00 - 16 March, 2016
Sky Walk / Franek Architects, © Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma
© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma

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Cafe. Bistro. Bakery Zahorsky / JRA Jarousek.Rochova.Architekti

02:00 - 27 February, 2016
Cafe. Bistro. Bakery Zahorsky / JRA  Jarousek.Rochova.Architekti, © Filip Slapal
© Filip Slapal
  • Architects

  • Location

    Eliášova 279/1, Dejvice, 160 00 Praha-Praha 6, Czech Republic
  • Architect Team

    JRA Jarousek Rochova architekti
  • Area

    220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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Low-Energy Family House / Caraa

02:00 - 26 February, 2016
Low-Energy Family House / Caraa, © Andrea Thiel Lhotáková
© Andrea Thiel Lhotáková
  • Architects

  • Location

    Štěchovice, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Štěpán Kubíček, Martina Buřičová
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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reSITE 2016: 5th International Conference on a Hot Topic – “Cities in Migration”

20:21 - 4 February, 2016
reSITE 2016: 5th International Conference on a Hot Topic – “Cities in Migration”, reSITE Conference, Prague, Forum Karlin. Photo Dorota Velek
reSITE Conference, Prague, Forum Karlin. Photo Dorota Velek

On June 16-17, 2016, for the fifth consecutive year, Prague, Czech republic, will be hosting the largest concentration of the world’s top architects, urbanists, urban planners and landscape architects and economists. Visionaries, experts, mayors of major cities and representatives of outstanding civic initiatives will present innovative solutions and strategies for European and Western cities to come to terms successfully and painlessly with the influx of new residents. The professional conference will be complemented by a rich program for the public, taking place in Prague’s public space. reSITE will, yet again, bridge the gap between experts and ordinary citizens: their common

Exhibition: A Look at the History and Restoration of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat

10:30 - 4 February, 2016
Exhibition: A Look at the History and Restoration of Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat

Villa Tugendhat (1928–30) in the Czech Republic is the most well-preserved example of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s early functionalism. It is regarded as one of the world’s most important manifestations of villa architecture and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building also likely inspired the Norwegian architect Arne Korsmo’s work on Villa Stenersen (1937–39).

Multipurpose Hall Forum Karlín / ATELIER 8000

13:00 - 7 January, 2016
Multipurpose Hall Forum Karlín / ATELIER 8000, © Tomáš Dittrich
© Tomáš Dittrich
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prague, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge

    Martin Krupauer
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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