Address and directions
Jungmannovo náměstí 773/11
110 00 Prague (Praha), Czechia
Public transport: Můstek
Access: Public building, free entry during working hours
Today's use: Bank and shops
#Multifunctional building #Prague (Praha) #1925
The reinforced concrete construction is wonderfully visible from the outside. The columns inside bear the main load of the ceilings, making possible the large glass facades. Standing in front of the building, it is clearly visible at the avant-corp-like construction from the second to the fourth floor. For sales purposes, such a "showcase" was very suitable to attract pedestrians on the street go inside to get to know the products. The building is closed off by two upper floors, used as studios with large, rounded windows.
On the ground floor, a passageway leads through the building, connecting Václavské náměstí with Jungmannovo náměstí. Thus, the building has two main facades that were designed almost equally. In the passage, a door leads to the staircase, which is illuminated by a skylight.
On this website are some historical pictures.
For the sale of artificial flowers, August Lindt had a baroque building demolished in 1924 to enable this construction. On Prague's Wenceslas Square it is the first functionalist building and one of the first ever in Czechoslovakia. The construction works lasted from 1925 to 1927.
To match the ambience of Wenceslas Square, coffee houses were integrated into the building. One in the basement, another on the first floor.
After Czechoslovakia was occupied by Germany in 1939, the house had to be renamed House Astra to cover up the Jewish traces.
We do not know what was the house's purpose during socialism. In 1998-2011, a bookshop housed in the building on five floors, making it the first large western-style bookshop in Prague after the political change. Since 2021, the building has been the seat of a bank.