Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Kotva department store in downtown Prague. It was one of the first such outlets in the city and its opening was a major event in 1975. The Brutalist building, which stands where Náměstí Republiky meets Revoluční St., was designed by the husband and wife team of architects Vladimir and Věra Machonin; the pair were also behind the Hotel Thermal in Karlovy Vary and the Czechoslovak Embassy in then East Berlin.
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