THEMATIC CIRCUITS

RETURN TO THE ERA OF THE FIRST REPUBLIC

We are happy to join the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. We prepared a thematic circuit that will take you to 20 buildings from this era.

We will show you a wide and diverse range of architectural styles and movements that were used between 1918 and 1938. The circuit includes buildings that were constructed in the era as well as those that have undergone a significant reconstruction. We want to show you the diversity of architectural styles, and so you will find the historicizing styles as well as later Purism, Functionalism, or the significant National, so-called ‘Arc’ Style. Aside from the diversity of styles, we also introduce a typological diversity, which includes First Republic school buildings, sports buildings, bank buildings, and buildings of cultural, representative, residential, or originally industrial character.

List of buildings
  1. Podkovářská Premises (1934)
  2. TESLA Premises (1921)
  3. Tenement house by architect Kamil Roškot (1925)
  4. Grab Villa (1929 – present-day appearance, which resulted from a significant reconstruction)
  5. Duhovka High School (1925)
  6. Johannes Kepler Gymnasium (1932 – additional construction of the new building)
  7. Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic (1932)
  8. Praha-Bubny Railway Station (1923 – present-day departure hall building)
  9. Archa Palace (1923)
  10. Metro Palace (1928 – significant reconstruction)
  11. Metro Palace – Image Theater
  12. Memorial of National Literature – Little Villa (1920s)
  13. Petschek Palace – Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (1927)
  14. Pragovka Art District (the biggest expansion of the plant)
  15. PRÁM Studio (1929 – documented existence of a wash house)
  16. Tyrš House (1925)
  17. Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences – historic building (1929)
  18. Winternitz Villa (1932)
  19. Bílá Elementary and Nursery School (1934)
  20. Zátka Soda Plant – seat of the Ogilvy company (1929)

If you like our thematic circuit around the buildings from the era of the First Republic, we can promise you that the festival weekend is not the end of the celebration of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. As part of the Architecture of the First Republic in Prague project, we will make certain buildings accessible even during the year, and the grand finale will be on October 28, 2018 when there will be more buildings open simultaneously with tours supported by the commentary of architects.

More information here.

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COMING ALIVE WITH CULTURE AND ART

Embark with us on an exploration of old industrial premises or historic buildings that are now coming alive with art and culture!

For instance, we will take you to Vysočany where the first Prague factory of legendary Praga cars was established. The Elektra plant in Hloubětín was used for production of lightbulbs and later of electron tubes and radio receivers. Today these premises are located in a thick housing development, therefore, they are not suitable for industrial purposes anymore. However, their hall typology calls directly for artistic purposes. Pragovka Art District and TESLA premises offer background for art in various forms. You can also visit the near PRÁM Studio, located in the former Vejnar steam wash house, whose reconstruction resulted in creating art ateliers and multifunctional cultural spaces. Even the Podkovářská premises, which is where Federico Diaz has his atelier, offers a possibility to look how the use of originally industrial buildings for the needs of the contemporary era can be approached. A modern educational center for modern history is supposed to be created at Praha-Bubny railway station. An exception in this group is the Prague Creative Center which brings a new cultural and artistic use of a historic building in the very center of the city.

List of buildings

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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Wondering where to go this year? We prepared our personal tips for the most interesting buildings at this year’s festival.

You will find examples of buildings of various styles and typologies in this circuit. Do historic buildings appeal to you? Do not miss out on the visit of the Baroque Invalidovna, the beautiful Clam-Gallas Palace, or the Neo-Renaissance Schebek Palace. Among buildings from the 20th century that are definitely worth mentioning is the Kramář Villa, the representative Petschek Palace, the Archa Palace, built in the National ‘Arc’ Style, the Purist Winternitz Villa, the restaurant at Letná that was originally at the EXPO 58 exhibition in Brussels, Hotel International Prague in the style of Socialist Realism, or the striking building of CETIN from the 1970s. We also recommend the freshly finished modern building of DRN, a nice reconstruction of the Old Town Court residential complex, the unique floating house Port X, the modern and award-winning office spaces of the SCS Software company in the Greenline building, or the new Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP).

List of buildings

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CROSS-SECTION THROUGH CENTURIES

Enjoy this trip to the old and the modern times with us!

This circuit is ideal for all lovers of history and all the categories, and for everyone who needs to sort out the architectural styles and movements for themself. Chronologically speaking, you will find most of the styles – from the Romanesque style, the Gothic, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and Art Nouveau, to modern styles of the early 20th century, and the architecture of the new millennium.

 

 

List of buildings

Our tip!
You can include this route into your own personal schedule via Mapy.cz!