Penta gets land for Zaha Hadid project

Part of the large project around Masarykovo nádraží is closer to construction

Land needed for the rebuilding of the area around Masarykovo nádraží has been turned over to a subsidiary of investment group Penta, according to information in the Land Registry. The site is bordered by the railway tracks, the highway and Hybernská Street.

The land, which now serves as a parking lot mainly for postal vehicles, was bought by Penta group from Czech Railways. The lot was previously merged into one piece, including a purchase of land from the Czech Post Office.

Penta plans to build a hotel, which would then be connected to Na Florenci Street by way of planned roofing over Masarykovo nádraží where the main part of a business district project is planned.

The first phase, consisting of an office building by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, already has an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Penta is preparing the groundwork for the zoning decision after that is issued a building permit will be sought. Construction could begin next year.

Zaha Hadid died in 2016 at the age of 65, and the Masarykovo nádraží project was one of her last works. Several of her other buildings were under construction at the time of her death, including the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar.

She was highly respected in her field and was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 2004. She also received the Stirling Prize, in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, she was made a dame by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II for services to architecture. In 2015 she became the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Her major works include the aquatic center for the London 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University's Broad Art Museum, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.

Penta previously announced that the revitalization of the Masarykovo nádraží area would be carried out in several stages to open up a current brownfield with new office areas, shops, restaurants, cafeterias and public greenery.

“Zaha's project was clearly the best one; therefore we have worked on it together for another almost three years. We approached it with humbleness. A chance to change a large part of the center of Prague is usually absolutely exceptional even after long decades. Today, I believe the professional, as well as the general public, will agree that Zaha Hadid has brought world architecture to Prague," Penta partner Marek Dospiva said in 2016 when the designs were presented to the public for the first time. He commented on her passing, saying the Czech capital would an opportunity to take pride in the work of an architect who went down in the history of world architecture.

The Central Business District when finished will connect Prague 1 with Karlín and Žižkov. Penta will invest Kč 135 million in the reconstruction of Masarykovo nádraží and total costs of the Central Business District implementation will exceed Masarykovo nádraží 6.5 billion. Construction will be finished in 2023 at the earliest.

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