More Than Just the Dancing House
The 20th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet revolution is an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved during these two decades of freedom in all areas of human activities. If you compare the streets of Prague now and 20 years ago, you might notice many new administrative building of various styles and aesthetic qualities.
We would like to use this opportunity to mention some of the office buildings in Prague that feature a high degree of architectonic interest.
Prestige and famous Dancing house
The administrative building that has gained perhaps most prestige from architecture experts is the famous Dancing house designed by the architects Vlado Milunic and Frank O. Gehry and located on the Vltava embankment.
20 years ago, Andel used to be a seedy area, which most people preferred to avoid if they could. However, times have changed and Andel is now a modern business and shopping centre in Prague with many prestigious publishing houses, fine restaurants and stores.
One reason for this change is clearly the Zlaty Andel (Golden Angel) building designed by a French architect Jean Nouvel, a holder of the Pritzker Prize. The building features a unique glass structure and naturally dominates the once industrial area of Smichov.
Other noteworthy administrative buildings
Among the other noteworthy administrative buildings in Prague are the former industrial hall in Karlin rebuilt into the Corso Karlin I. and II. administrative buildings designed by the Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill.
The elegant Euro Palace in the top-location of Wenceslas Square designed by the Czech DAM studio or the ascetic PPF Gate administrative building designed by the 4a architectonic studio and located in the modern quarter of Dejvice.