Zaha Hadid exhibition a highlight of Prague’s Experimental Architecture Biennial

Bolzano Cable Car, render © MIR

Bolzano Cable Car, render © MIR


PRAGUE – Through October 27, Jaroslav Fragner Gallery and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague are hosting the third Experimental Architecture Biennial. The Czech Republic’s only platform for experimental architecture, Biennial includes an exhibition by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), workshops, site-specific pavilion and film screenings.

‘ZHA: Unbuilt’ is a series of exhibitions featuring unrealized designs demonstrating ZHA’s on-going design investigation; exploring  recent concepts derived from the innovation and research that are the foundations of the firm’s architectural works currently in development.

This exhibition for the Prague Experimental Architecture Biennial is presented as  clusters of affinity concepts (towers, atriums, stadiums, shells, master plans, ribbons, and bubbles) that illustrate ZHA’s working methodology.

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 specialists worldwide.

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 media.

The Prague Experimental Architecture Biennial will close with a symposium on October 26 that includes 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.

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