Gocárovy domy / Gocár Houses - Prague ZOO (Prague, Czech Republic)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
N 50° 07.151 E 014° 23.987
33U E 457090 N 5552054
Quick Description: Recently reconstructed so called Gocár Houses (Gocárovy domy), unique example of cubistic architecture, nowadays you can find in Prague ZOO - but originally they were located in the first Prague' civil airport in district Kbely.
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 10/9/2013 8:50:20 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ84A
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 56

Long Description:

Recently reconstructed so called Gocár Houses (Gocárovy domy), unique example of cubistic architecture, nowadays you can find in Prague ZOO - but originally they were located in the first Prague' civil airport in district Kbely. After reconstruction they serve as restaurant and art shop.

Both buildings were only moved to the ZOO 30 years ago. Originally, they stood at Prague's Kbely airport, housing a restaurant and an administrator's office. At the ZOO, the houses served as storage space and contained a staff cloakroom.

The houses were designed by renowned Czech cubist architect Josef Gocár in 1920 in the so-called nationalist style, a decorative cubist style that was inspired by folk architecture. The aim was to emphasise Czech national identity (the Kbely houses were, after all, built just two years after the founding of independent Czechoslovakia), and the wooden facades are painted red, white and blue – the country's national colours.

[excerpted from Prague monitor]

Original Location: N 50° 07.435 W 014° 32.005

How it was moved: Disassembled

Type of move: Inside City

Building Status: Public

Related Website: [Web Link]

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