Commercial Bank and Rental Apartment Buildings in Smíchov
Karel Prager was not just an architect and builder, but also a great visionary. For Prague 5, he devised a concept promising a better quality of life for local residents through radical changes in Štefánikova Street. Instead of a pedestrian zone or extensive demolitions, only an octagonal pyramid-like structure and two residential buildings were eventually built. The first mentioned structure, the Komerční Banka building, has been standing at the intersection since 1992. It visually harmonizes with the adjacent residential complex, and its shape has sometimes earned it the nickname “bunker,” which also reflects Prager’s intention of envisioning the building as a large bank vault. Noteworthy features include the ceramic cladding and the regular layout of windows on each of the eight sides. The windows are arranged on two floors and protected by a glass wall. The KB building still evokes mixed emotions, which also speaks to Prager’s unconventional approach to architecture.