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Municipal House (Obecní dům)
04-MAR-2017

Municipal House (Obecní dům)

This Art Nouveau building, built from 1905 to 1911, is proof of unprecedented artistic and craft skills and quality. The café, the French and the Pilsner restaurants, the American bar, the Lord Mayor’s Salon and the Smetana Hall are all examples of perfectly executed Art Nouveau interiors, decorated by leading artists and sculptors such as Alfons Mucha, Jan Preisler, Ladislav Šaloun, and others. Lovers of Art Nouveau can take a guided tour of the whole building. The Municipal House stands on a plot of about 14,000 square meters, the built-up area is 4,214 m2 and the total building volume is approximately 14,000 cubic meters. There are about 1,240 rooms in the building.Externally, the Municipal House is a historic relic of 19th century, the mixture of pseudo-renaissance and pseudo-Baroque, but generally it is considered an important example of Prague Art Nouveau. The whole building is a testament to the skills and unprecedented quality of art and craft; the building was also very modern in terms of the used state of-the-art technological facilities in Central Europe at that time unprecedented. There were 28 electrical and hydraulic lifts, air-conditioning system with remote control, pneumatic post, central vacuum cleaner, modern telephone exchange, ice factory, refrigerator and the most modern kitchen there. There was also one of the largest electro-pneumatic organ in the whole monarchy there. For the first time linoleum, then a cry of progress, as well as brass and other materials were used here in a great extent. All the known arts and crafts are represented in the interior; these products show a sense of beauty and utility: stained glass, clocks, wooden and ceramic tiles, natural and artificial marbles, free furniture sets, mirrors, drapery, heating and ventilation covers and namely lighting sets made of non-ferrous metals and glass (mostly designed by František Anýž and implemented by Křižík company).

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Gill Kopy16-Mar-2017 04:01
What a magnificent building - beautifully captured V
Buz Kiefer15-Mar-2017 20:13
Lovely, Jose. Your night photos are always outstanding. Vote.
Frank Tran15-Mar-2017 13:25
Beautiful night shot. V+
Tom Munson15-Mar-2017 02:31
Wonderful night image, Jose.
Julie Oldfield15-Mar-2017 01:41
Excellent night scene. The light is lovely. V
laine15-Mar-2017 00:27
Like all of Prague, it is beautiful
Walter Otto Koenig14-Mar-2017 22:34
Very nice night shot with this lgihting. "V"
Helen Betts14-Mar-2017 21:37
Excellent night shot of this building with great deal on that artwork. V.
Ken Chambers ARPS14-Mar-2017 21:37
I love Art Nouveau work, Jose
Charlene Ambrose14-Mar-2017 21:31
Great image of this beautiful building. I remember taking a walk around there. V
Jim Coffman14-Mar-2017 21:04
Very fine capture, Jose!
Martin Lamoon14-Mar-2017 20:47
An excellent night shot.
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