Glass Palace (Skleněný palác) (1936)

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#Apartment house #Prague (Praha) #1936

Architects

Richard Ferdinand Podzemný

Developers

Zemská banka

Address and directions

Náměstí Svobody 728/1
160 00 Prague (Praha), Czechia

Public transport: Vítězné náměstí / Dejvická

Today's use: Apartments, shops, offices

A plain architecture but with so many details

Description

The location on the small square and the possibility of looking at the house from a certain distance increases the charm of the already very high-quality and interesting building.

The house's middle part is a construction with seven floors. The roof, originally designed as a roof terrace, has a concrete roof topped with flagpoles. On either side of the central part are two building parts with six floors. They are emphasized by rounded loggias and the upper floor set back, creating roof terraces. All facade sections of the house have a rhythm of window fronts and loggias. A shop zone also extends over the entire length. In the middle of the house is situated the entrance with the large window panes. The courtyard side is determined by the stairwells, ribbon windows of the apartments and loggias. From the beginning, an underground car park was built in the basement, which is still in use today.

The contrast between curves and corners, two different building heights, the use of the cream colored tiles and the oriel-like corner windows or winter gardens of the middle block make the building very distinctive.

On this website are some historical pictures. It's impressive to see the huge contrast between architectural design and car construction. The architecture still seems modern to us today, whereas the cars drom the 1930s and 1940s are felt to be completely old-fashioned.

History

This house was built between 1936 and 1938 with the official name resitential house of the bank Zemská banka (obytný dům Zemské banky). But the locals call it skleněný palác or skleňák, the Glass Palace.

Technical features of the house were a heating system as part of the ceiling, a garage in the basement and a roof terrace for all tenants, including beach chairs, table tennis and a bar with service.

Sources

Construction types
reinforced concrete
Facades
ceramics
Windows
casement fixed hopper ribbon
Roof
flat
Details
balcony flagpole railing terrace winter garden roof terrace sculpture garage pillar
Position
along a street periphere/neighbourhood
Storeys
8

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