Golden louvres cover the exterior of Prague’s newest building, designed as a testament to the capital’s ‘golden city of one hundred spires’ moniker.
The Masaryčka building encompasses a new railway entrance, plaza, and set of retail spaces and offices, all built on a brownfield site in the city’s New Town. Masaryčka’s design feels like classic Zaha Hadid, with its monumental, swooping lines and prow-shaped entrance.
From its fin-like front, the building extends back and along the street, reminiscent of a cruise ship that’s pulled into harbour. It extends nine storeys up at its highest, with the golden slats wrapping around communal roof gardens.
As well as shared green spaces, the firm has installed a rainwater collection system, greywater recycling and waste heat recovery systems – all intended to reduce energy consumption.
While the exterior of the Masaryčka Building is complete, the entire complex isn’t scheduled to open until early 2026.