This year’s edition is dedicated, among other things, to the memory of Slovenian architect and urban planner Jože Plečnik, who was born 150 years ago in January. The festival program therefore includes guided tours of the main nave, the underground crypt and the lower part of the tower of the Church of the Sacred Heart of the Lord in Vinohrady, one of the most remarkable sacral buildings in the Czech Republic.
For the first time ever, among the accessible festival facilities will be the reconstructed Technology Center UMPRUM Mikulandská with generous spaces and above-standard equipment for students or the new building of the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics CTU in Prague on Dejvice’s university campus with an unmissable pneumatic facade.
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The Cibulka homestead, the Great Strahov Stadium or buildings on the outskirts of the metropolis – in Zbraslav, in Modřany or Komořany – may also be among the attractive goals in the program offer. It will be possible to visit the recently completed City Hall of Prague 12, the premises of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute in Komořany Castle or the newly reconstructed Klubovna Zbraslav community center in the former laundry room by architects from the Projektil studio.
“We invite you to visit the charming family Villa Lanna in Bubeneč, which was established as a summer holiday home for an industrial businessman, collector of artistic monuments and patron Vojtěch Lanna Jr. People will look into the historic halls of Prague’s first New Town Falconry, admire the white-red sgraffito decoration and interiors of the former Higher Girls’ School in Vodičkova Street or see the construction of Ullmann’s last Prague Polytechnic building on Charles Square, where the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of CTU is located today. “The festival director and the non-profit organization of the same name, Andrea Šenkyříková, invited the event to the May event.
In March, 140 years have passed since the birth of architect Pavel Janák, and the program includes buildings from various periods, such as the Club House of the Czech Autoclub, the functionalist EA Hotel Juliš on Wenceslas Square, the Adria Palace in the so-called national style or the constructivist building of the Vinohrady Hus Choir. an unmissable bell tower.
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“We open the door not only for modern buildings with various types of quality awards and environmentally friendly technologies, industrial, but also unique in the world, iconic buildings that represent the historical and cultural wealth of Prague. We uncover unknown and hidden cultural realizations of excellent architects, artists and craftsmen, as well as forgotten stories of builders, owners or their descendants, “continued Šenkyříková, who recalled the importance of volunteers for the festival and called on anyone involved.
Open House Prague is part of the international network of festivals Open House Worldwide, which includes a tradition rooted in the 1990s in London and which currently takes place in 50 cities around the world. On the website www.openhouseworldwide.org A virtual program of global action with “live” tours of innovative urban housing projects across continents will take place next Saturday. The broadcast will be online in English from 8 am to 8 pm Czech time on the Youtube channel.
Open House Prague will present the Ďáblice housing estate in this area from 10 am, which is today considered one of the most architecturally valuable in the Czech Republic. The architect Ondřej Tuček, the grandson of the main architect of the housing estate and his proud inhabitant, will guide the live entrance from the roof of one of the prefabricated houses. “The appearance of individual buildings is also exceptional, which, thanks to various architectural details, are not as uniform as in other housing estates. Today, the works of art that adorn his public spaces are of considerable interest, ”Tuček remarked before his own excursion.
This year’s news of the Open House Prague festival
1. The building of the former Electric Companies Prague – Bubenská 1
2. Former laundry – Klubovna Zbraslav
3. Former sculptural studio of the Halman brothers – the seat of the creative agency Loosers
4. Central boiler room of the General University Hospital in Prague
5. Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRK) CTU in Prague
6. Diamond House
7. EA Hotel Julis
8. Hus Choir Vinohrady
9. Hus Choir Zbraslav
10. Hotel Gráf – IP Pavlova 5
11. Club house of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic
12. Church of the Sacred Heart of the Lord
13. Church of St. Adalbert
14. Libeň Falconry
15. Adria Palace
16. Prague 12 City Hall
17. Švanda Theater in Smíchov
18. Technology Center UMPRUM Mikulandská
19. The Fizz Prague
20. Thun Palace – Embassy Building and Residence of the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
21. Homestead Cibulka
22. Italian Hospital – the seat of the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague
23. State Reform Real Gymnasium – VOŠ pedagogická a sociální, SOŠ pedagogická and Gymnázium
24. Higher girls’ school – ZŠ Vodičkova
25. Komořany Chateau, Central Forecasting Office (CPP) and administrative building of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI)
26. Zbraslav bell tower – Museum of bell-making of the Manoušek family