New Exhibition Highlights the Best Unbuilt Works by Zaha Hadid Architects


Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Now on display at the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery as part of the third Prague Experimental Architecture Biennial is “ZHA: Unbuilt,” an in-depth look into some of the firm’s best projects that could have been.

Arranged within the space by typological concepts (towers, atriums, stadiums, shells, masterplans, ribbons, and bubbles), the exhibition serves as an exploration into the evolution of the work of Zaha Hadid Architects, showing how earlier research and innovations have become the foundations of the firm’s architectural projects currently in development.


© Jiri Straka, eabiennial.cz, gjf.cz

© Jiri Straka, eabiennial.cz, gjf.cz

“ZHA’s drive for innovation stems from experimentation with evolving design processes initiated by the studio four decades ago; a cross-pollination of ideas resulting from ZHA’s fundamentally collaborative approach throughout the practice together with engineers and specialist worldwide,” explain the architects in a press release.

“Showcasing ZHA’s ambitious and expanding repertoire, the exhibition investigates the studio’s iterative design methods that are reinforced by systemic knowledge transfer and a willingness to test new ideas across multiple scales and typologies.”


© Jiri Straka, eabiennial.cz, gjf.cz

© Jiri Straka, eabiennial.cz, gjf.cz

Some key projects within the exhibition include:

425 Park Avenue, New York City

Finalist entry to a competition won by Foster + Partners.


425 Park Avenue, New York City. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

425 Park Avenue, New York City. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Bolzano Cable Car, Bolzano, Italy

Finalist entry to a competition won by Snøhetta.


Bolzano Cable Car, Bolzano, Italy. Image © www.mir.no. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Bolzano Cable Car, Bolzano, Italy. Image © www.mir.no. Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Dance & Music Center, The Hague

Finalist entry to a competition won by Neutelings Riedijk Architects.


Dance & Music Center, The Hague. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Dance & Music Center, The Hague. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Heathrow Airport Extension, London

Finalist entry to a competition won by Grimshaw.


Heathrow Airport expansion, London. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Heathrow Airport expansion, London. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Museum of the 20th Century, Berlin

Finalist entry to a competition won by Herzog & de Meuron.


Museum of the 20th Century, Berlin. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Museum of the 20th Century, Berlin. Image Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The exhibition will run throughout the duration of the Prague Experimental Architecture Biennial, which will close on October 26 with a symposium featuring Patrik Schumacher, Shajay Bhooshan and Jakub Klaska of Zaha Hadid Architects, Ben van Berkel of UNStudio and Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au.

Learn more about the Prague Experimental Architecture Biennial here.

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