Masaryčka designed by Zaha Hadid will bring new life to the center of Prague. Residents of Prague will find here not only new public areas and greenery, but also a new concept of services and shops. It will also form a connection between Prague 3 and Prague 8 and the city center. Masaryk - the pulsing heart of the city.
Masaryk Railway Station and its surroundings will undergo a major transformation in the coming years. It should become not only an important Prague transport hub with a connection to the airport, but above all a meeting place that people will not only walk through, but also spend their time here, meeting for work and fun. It will become a place that connects pedestrians with adjacent city districts from Florenc to Zizkov. A place that builds on its past and at the same time brings new dynamics and possibilities of use. The aim of the activity of ´Masaryčka spojuje´ was to provide more information and news on the preparation of the Masaryčka project and the reconstruction of the surrounding area, to present invitations to events and to share exact information about how to participate in the public consultation of the project.
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The story of Masaryk railway station
The current appearance of the Masaryk Railway Station site was shaped by significant city-wide interventions. The first was the establishment of the New Town of Prague and its fortifications. The second change, which determines the character of the area even today, was the establishment of the Prague State Railway Station in 1845 and its unique location in front of and behind the then city walls. The third significant intervention was the construction of the North-South Highway in the 1970s. The revitalization project responds to this context. It preserves and amplifies old values and deals with the problematic interventions of the past.
New Square at Masaryk Railway Station
At the mouth of Na Florenci Street into Havlíčkova Street, a smaller square 65 meters wide will be created, which will be well defined by the historic railway station building and the façade of the newly planned development in Na Florenci Street. Instead of the current street parking zone, a pedestrian space will be created. The design of the traffic solution of the street estuary envisages two lanes in each direction plus one lane for turning left. The new alley will run in two lines along the historic railway station building and towards Na Florenci Street. Entrance to the platform will be newly allowed directly from the square.
Revitalized Na Florenci Street
The street profile of Na Florenci Street will be extended to 25 meters. Parking will be limited to the supply and service of shops on the ground floor. Thanks to this, the streets will gain enough space for sidewalks, which will reach up to ten meters of its width. Road traffic will be conducted in one lane in each direction, the road will be supplemented by cyclopictocorridors. There will be a tree line on both sides of the street, under which benches and other furniture will be placed. A small piazza-type square with outdoor cafés and restaurants will be created between the buildings, from which a staircase will lead to the park platform above the track.
Park above the railway station
The platform above the railway station will offer a new public space with a park landscaping, which will combine busy pedestrian corridors with quiet areas of recreational and social use. Pedestrian corridors will be designed with the comfort for passengers with different mobility capabilities in mind. There will also be quiet places on the platform with plenty of space to sit and enjoy the Prague skyline. Shielding of the street traffic through surrounding buildings and the maintenance of a sufficient distance from the main road will help lower noise intensity for the whole area. The vegetation of the park will be created by a combination of flowers, grasslands and low trees.
Revitalization of the eastern part of Hybernská Street
In the eastern part of Hybernská Street at the U Bulhara crossroad, there will be a significant improvement in the quality of public space and a greater sense of security. Thanks to the completion of the block, Hybernská Street will gain a clear delimitation and, in addition to new accommodation capacities, another opportunity for a retail function.The north side of the street will be supplemented with tree lines and pedestrian comfort will be significantly improved.
New transport hub
Every day, more than 40,000 passengers use the train connection here, usually commuting to Prague for work or education. In the future, the turnover of passengers at Masaryk railway station is planned to increase significantly. Railway connection Prague - Václav Havel Airport - Kladno. The Railway Administration is currently preparing a railway connection from Masaryk Railway Station to Kladno, with a turnoff to Václav Havel Airport. The modernized and partly new line should provide a fast and comfortable connection of the Kladno agglomeration with Prague and at the same time solve the connection of Prague Airport by rail with the city center.