Zdeněk Lukeš is one of the country’s best known architects. During the 1990s he was part of Václav Havel’s team revitalising Prague Castle and he still works in its monuments department, while as an author and journalist he has done a great deal to popularise architecture in the Czech Republic. Our tour of “Zdeněk Lukeš’s Prague” is in fact a tour of his Letná, the leafy area he has always called home. We begin with a coffee at Café Alchymista, specifically in the lovely garden in the back.
The management of Prague’s National Theatre this week symbolically launched planned renovation of the State Opera, located not far from Wenceslas Square. The project is set to cost 858 million crowns and will take more than two years, during which time the State Opera will put on productions at other venues. It is the first major renovation job on a large state-owned theatre since 1989.
Eco-friendly hotels, bike-rentals, vegan and raw restaurants or local design boutiques, all that and much more can found in a new guide to Prague, called the Green City Guide. Written by two young eco-conscious women, the guide offers sustainable alternatives to travellers visiting the Czech capital. When I met with the authors of Prague Green City Guide, Aneta Hebrová and Jennifer Day, I first asked them to introduce it in more detail:
Construction plans for a controversial six-story apartment building in Prague 1 dubbed "the Marshmallow House" have gotten the green light, spokeswoman for the local city council Veronika Blažková confirmed. The project first received approval in 2015, but then stalled after Prague City Hall and the Culture Ministry got involved. Some critics opposed construction of the design on the grounds that the building looked like marshmallow faces and the fact that individual units were depicted in pastel colours. Investor Praga Progetti e Investimenti will have to launch construction by June of this year, as a two-year deadline has been running uninterrupted since the project was initially approved.
Tomáš Baldýnský is a well-known TV writer and producer whose most recent work was the hit comedy Kosmo. He has also worked over the years as a newspaper columnist and film critic, among various other activities. Our tour of “Tomáš Baldýnský’s Prague” begins in the city’s Letná district at Club 777, a dingy open-all hours bar with slot machines in the back.