Prague, Art Nouveau and modernism from the 1930s to the 2000s

Photo Catherine Gras

A wonderful mix of eras is what Prague offers its visitors today and my last post will take you from Art Nouveau buildings, to 1930s villas and finally to the buildings of this century.

The Art Nouveau movement, Jugendstil, yielded many buildings in Prague and I will focus on a few buildings, starting with the Municipal House (Obecní dům) completed in 1911. You can go in for a drink, lunch or a show and that makes the building all the more interesting.

The central station is another fine example of Art Nouveau.

JI also refer you to another post on this series on Prague, some of the covered passages I photographed are also in this very particular style.

Let’s go now to some areas a little outside the historic centre, but well connected by tram, to discover some 1930s houses. The first stop is for the Müller villa, which you can also visit.

For those who follow me regularly, one recognises this stripped down, functional architecture with a political and social significance that I have described in many posts about Berlin.

few kilometres from this isolated house is the Baba Colony, a whole neighbourhood of houses from the 1930s. These houses, unlike the Müller house, are occupied. From this neighbourhood, built on top of a hill, you have a beautiful view of Prague.

This area has a protected status but the condition of some of the houses shows that this status is probably not sufficient for the owners to keep them in good condition.

I finish this tour of Prague with the latest developments, buildings constructed over the last twenty years, including the Dancing House which you will find listed as a point of interest in most guidebooks.

And a very modern statue of Kafka by David Černý:

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