“Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt” at the Experimental Architecture Biennial #3

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague will present the third year of the Experimental Architecture Biennial during the course of September and October. This Biennial, the only platform dealing with experimental architecture in Czech Republic, will again introduce interesting personalities from the international stage.


Zaha Hadid Architects, Bolzano Cable Car © MIR

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bolzano Cable Car © MIR


The Biennial activities programme will offer an exhibition by Zaha Hadid Architects, as well as professional schools, a site-specific pavilion, meetup of academic workplaces, workshops as well as interesting film screenings. The Biennial will culminate with an international symposium featuring, among others, Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Ben van Berkel (UNStudio) and Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au).


Practical information

Experimental Architecture Biennial #3  “Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt”
8 September–27 October, 2017
Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
Betlémské nám. 169/5A,  Prague
Czech republic


The first year in 2013 was devoted to academic ateliers in Vienna (dieAngewandte) and Innsbruck (Institute for Experimental Architecture), in the Czech Republic (AAAD in Prague, CTU Faculty of Architecture) and in Slovakia (Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava). The second year subtitled New Manifesto presented significant and influential architects and pedagogues of the middle generation (USA, Europe, Australia) with diverse approaches and specialisations in the field. This year will introduce both academic workplaces and unrealised projects by Zaha Hadid Architects that demonstrate the innovative research of the practice. The news of this year’s event will be the experimental site-specific pavilion for Lesser Town Square, Prague, which was designed by students under the guidance of Kristina Schinegger and Stefan Rutzinger (SOMA atelier, Vienna) at the University in Innsbruck.


Zaha Hadid Architects, Museum of 20th Century Art, Berlin ©  ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects, Museum of 20th Century Art, Berlin © ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects,Dance & Music Centre, The Hague © ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects,Dance & Music Centre, The Hague © ZHA



The Zaha Hadid Architects: Unbuilt exhibition will open in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery on Thursday 7 September. The exhibition and its architectural concept were prepared for the Biennial directly by the studio. Presenting a series of concepts in terms of typology (towers, mega atriums, stadiums, shells, masterplans, ribbons, bubbles, etc.) which the studio develops continually. Therefore, it presents not only designs, but also illustrates the methodology and process used by the renowned London based studio. Ambitious vision, innovative research and advanced computational design methods account for the success of the atelier which employs more than 400 experts around the world. In addition to visualisations, visitors can also familiarise themselves with the creations of Zaha Hadid Architects in the form of models, virtual reality and film.

Separately from the main exhibition premises, the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery will also feature the project of Masaryk Station Investment, which ZHA studio designed for Prague (administrative centre with shops and residential units, including the modernisation of Masaryk railway station).


Zaha Hadid Architects, 425 Park Avenue, New York ©  ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects, 425 Park Avenue, New York © ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects, Heathrow Airport expansion, London ©  ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects, Heathrow Airport expansion, London © ZHA



The exhibition of Academic platforms of computational design (UM Gallery at the AAAD in Prague) will in the first instance serve to introduce AAAD Prague and many other prestigious foreign schools, such as CITA Copenhagen, ICD/ITKE Stuttgart, UCL Bartlett London, IAAC Barcelona, ETH Zurich, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, TU Wien and MOLAB of CTU Prague.

The development of computing technologies and the digitization of architectural tools has radically influenced architectural practice and architectural research. Computational design allows for the creation of interchangeable geometric records, cooperation with other disciplines, and a direct connection to the manufacturing process. Concentrating the process from design to implementation into a shared digital platform offers the potential for stronger feedback, more efficient collaboration and therefore a better, more innovative and creative architectural solution. Academic platforms have become a place to share necessary professional knowledge and know-how, but also a unique environment for research and innovation. New design and production technologies require more space for experimentation, development, testing and prototyping. With greater possibilities in the field of computational design, new technologies are increasingly being used in conjunction with other scientific disciplines and technological research.


6 September
The opening of the exhibition on 6 September at 18:00 will be preceded by the Meetup Prague (10:00–17:00) conference with guests from represented schools: Phil Ayres, Giulio Brugnaro, Jan Petrš, Jindřich Ráftl, Shota Tsikoliya, Imro Vaško, David Kovařík, Tomáš Tholt, Mateusz Zwierzycki, Erik Martinez, Martin Alvarez, Christopher Müller and Stefana Parascho.





News source: Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
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