Prague Electric Works

Architect: Adolf Benš, Josef Kříž

Year of completion: 1935

The building of the Prague Electric Works emerged from a public architectural competition and was considered the largest administrative building in Prague. It embodies the pure style of functionalism, which in the 1920s was more typical for the suburbs of Prague. The extensive structure consists of several cubic volumes that gradually narrow from the ground floor, allowing sunlight to penetrate into most parts of the building. Access to natural light is crucial for the entire construction, achieved through ribbon windows and Luxfer glass ceilings. The central hall with its main staircase and milk glass wall is impressive and was one of the first double-glazed windows in Bohemia. The entire building was fully electrified and featured state-of-the-art equipment for its time. Examples include an air heating and ventilation system, one of the first prototypes of air conditioning, and the legendary paternoster elevators. For many years, the building remained abandoned until recently when it underwent a sensitive renovation led by studio TaK Architects.

Bubenská 1, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice
Bubenská 1, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice

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