It doesn't happen every day that a Czech scientist or artist succeeds on an international scale. This is all the more true about Czech architects. One name however stands out. It is signed under two projects which received international acclaim and, by coincidence, they are both connected with the country of Egypt - one being the library in Alexandria and the other the Grand Egyptian Museum. The name is Martin Roubik, a man with an interesting life story. After being expelled from university by the Czechoslovak communist authorities in the 1970s,
Tour guides on the way through the city will tell you it's one of the most unusual villas in Prague, found at the cross-roads of Mickiewiczova street and Chodkovy sady, where the city's old ramparts used to stand, an ambitious structure completed in 1911. Surrounded by tall trees, evergreens, a wide garden, it was designed by the famous Czech Art Nouveau Symbolist sculptor Frantisek Bilek, whose life we look at in this edition of Czechs in History.
Following the destructive floods in August, the Czech Chamber of Architects called on the country's experts to design flood-proof and economical houses to be entered in a competition called "Economical House 2002". The winning competition entries are now exhibited in the Chamber of Architects' building in Prague, where they will be available for public viewing until the end of the year. Dita Asiedu reports:
Today's Czech in History is Jan Kotera, a well-known Czech architect of the turn of the 20th century. When he arrived in Prague after finishing his studies in Vienna, he was not welcomed very warmly, but he was firmly resolved to materialise his ideas, and thanks to his stubbornness, a new architectural style appeared in the Czech Lands.
With top representatives of 46 states expected to stay in the city from the 20th to the 22nd of November, Prague's smart hotels too have to make sure everything will be ready for the exceptional and numerous guests. I'm now standing outside Prague's Renaissance Hotel where I'm about to meet Helena Dunn, a Czech-born American interior designer. She's currently redesigning some parts of the hotel for it to be able to receive all those important guests.
The Tugendhat villa in the Czech Republic's second city of Brno was added to the UNESCO list of cultural heritage sites in December last year. The building is in desperate need of renovation, but earlier this week Brno councilors swept the renovation plans off the table, saying the estimated costs were too high.
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