Cubist buildings, Post modern buildings in Prague
It was at 16:30 when we finished looking round Dvorak Museum including the ground of the Villa Amerika. My mother was still full of beans and wanted to see Cubic buildings along the river on the Vysehrad district. On the other hand, my father was tired. I suggested he would have a rest in the hotel.
After leaving souvenirs in our rooms, we headed for Vysehrad via the Dancing House and the riverside. It was still very hot; we saw many people having parties, swimming and sunbathing along the river. Our destination was further down on the Rasinovo nari, Esplanade. Just after going past the railway bridge, we found the house of Kovarovicova – one of the most famous examples of Cubist architecture – was designed by Joseph Chochol and built in the years 1911–13. Like the shapes of Bohemian crystal glasses, the façade showed vertical and horizontal lines, jagged accentuations projecting from the flat surface. The iron gate surrounding the garden had zigzag shaped cut, which we thought quite interesting.
We further walked on the riverside and found the semi-detached house for three households.
The semi-detached building
As with the house of Kovarovicova, this semi-detached house was designed by Joseph Chochol.
This semi-detached building was also designed by Joseph Chochol, and like the house of Kovarovicova, there were a number of sharp wedges projecting from the surface of the wall and was designed in a symmetrical feature. The middle house, possessing larger space than both side of the houses, had an art-deco style balcony and residents were sitting and overlooking riverside. On both sides of balcony showed beautiful carvings of people on the cornice.
While looking at number of old and beautiful buildings, we saw quite a few modern and art-deco style buildings in Prague. The newest building is Dancing House designed by American architect Frank Gehry in the early 1990s. Looking at that building from the nearest bridge, a two-joint building really looked like two people were dancing – understandably, this revolutionary asymmetrical building was quite controversial in the 1990s but has become one of Prague’s landmarks in recent years. I thought this post modern building created a good juxtaposition among the classic buildings which were built earlier time.
Strolling through streets and corners flanked by buildings established and designed at different time of periods, it made us feel as though we were walking
on an open-air museum of architecture.
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