Category: art deco

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Vítkov Memorial

Vítkov Hill, due east of Prague’s historic centre, has always been an important strategic site. It was here in 1420 that Jan Žižka, scourge of the Holy Roman Empire and zealous warrior of the Hussite cause, led his...

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Mariánské náměstí 98/1: Municipal Library

The art deco municipal library in Marianské Square was designed by the architect František Roith, a pupil of Otto Wagner, and constructed between 1925 and 1928. One fifth of the building is given over to the official residence...

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Perlova 371/5: Palác ARA

In the 17th century, the plot on which this building stands was owned by Vojtěch Had of Proseč, whose noble title Perlštejn probably gave Perlova street its name. Until the twentieth century a neo-classical palace stood on this...

Jiriho z Podebrad, Prague

Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad: Church of the Sacred Heart

The Church of the Sacred Heart was designed in 1928 by Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik and built between 1929 and 1932. His art deco plan integrates design elements of classical architecture such as pediments, friezes and obelisks, with...

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Průhledová 1804/6

In the early 1930s, a group of Prague architects, inspired by the Bauhaus movement (and particularly by the Stuttgart Weissenhofsiedlung of 1927), decided to set up a similar model housing estate in the neighbourhood of Baba, a high...

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Koulova 1501/15

If the imposing Hotel International in the northern quarter of Dejvice momentarily calls to mind the buildings of downtown New York, that’s deliberate: Stalin’s personal approval of this architectural style was based on his desire to see the...

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Na Dionysce 1717/2

One of four friezes depicting ancient Olympic disciplines (discus, javelin and shot put) decorates the facade of this house on the corner of Zelená and Na Dionysce – aptly named after the Greek god Dionysus. The companion pieces...

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Puškinovo náměstí 584/11

Art deco facade. A few decades earlier these flowers might have formed part of a softer art nouveau design, but the new century’s movement towards strict geometrical patterning is plain to see in this example from the northern...

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Charlese de Gaulla 629/5

Jaroslav Vondrák was one of a generation of young architects who – under the influence of their illustrious teacher Jan Kotěra – was destined to transform the look of domestic architecture in Prague in the 1920s. As well...