While walking through Prague, you can see several examples of different architectural styles. Our history is imprinted in buildings that admire people from all over the world. Opinions mostly agree that buildings from the more distant past deserve admiration.
Modern architecture no longer has such clear opinions. Such a Dancing House, for example, still divides society and not all of its presence among them older apartment buildings they acknowledge. It is therefore a very subjective task to determine the most ugly houses. However, there are such “flights” where there is no doubt that it is a step aside. What buildings are we talking about?
If you ever set out on a journey around the Olšany cemeteries towards Strašnice, you could not miss this magnificent hotel at the crossroads near the Želivského station. Confectioners are inspired by wedding cakes here, and sweet lovers are frantically looking for the nearest patisserie. The large Hotel Don Giovanni really looks like a cake. However, this is not a compliment, but a statement of bare fact.
Definitely don’t look for minimalism and functionalism here. The architect himself called these styles a waste of architecture. Instead, he was inspired by Mozart’s famous opera, and according to his concept, the house should resemble a large theater, and the glass section in the center of the building again refers to the main character’s broken heart.
You can add architecture to the inspiration of the butterfly wings and right next to the bus terminal at the Želivského station you can witness the example of one of the biggest kitschs in Prague.
A building you just won’t miss. The Žižkov transmitter rises above Prague as an upright mediator of architecture. The appearance of this unique architectural work is so beyond the edge that it deserves admiration. It is a bold attempt to build something that does not stand anywhere else in the world.
The tower itself has several different nicknames. It was already called during socialism Jakes’ finger, Biľak’s needle, Baikonur or space rocket. The foreign media regularly occupy the Žižkov monument on the highest rungs of the most ugly buildings in the world. Today, however, Prague cannot even imagine without this incredible construction.
The tooth of modern times
The place in the area of Žižkov and Vinohrady seems to be cursed. Just a few steps from the already mentioned Hotel Don Giovanni, the office was completed in 2015 Crystal building. With a height of 60 meters, it radically intervenes in all views of the surroundings. However, it resembles a lone reinforced concrete dental implant rather than a crystal.
It looks like this best when you’re inside on the top floor. The view of Prague will not spoil this monumental example of unsuccessful modern architecture. He does not respect his surroundings and instead gives the impression that the building has fallen from a planet where there is absolute distaste.
The one-storey building of the Billa chain in Letenské náměstí proves how the public space can literally be murdered. A district famous for modern businesses and beautiful parks such as Stromovka or Letenské sady, has at its potential core architectural cancer.
The way the saleswomen treat you inside the store also shows how ugly the place is. Overall, the depression is illustrated by the painful idea of what the square would look like without this completely useless building, which eliminates any positive potential of the entire square.
So let’s believe that one day someone will light up in someone’s head and understand that the square is about to stand in the middle of an unsightly samaoška.
Source: towerpark.cz, Czech Television, Czech Radio
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