Czech hotels in the late-modernist style set against the landscape

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https://doi.org/10.52200/59.A.AJVVS2V8

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Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

This paper looks at the changes in hotel architecture in post-war Czechoslovakia. In particular, the way in which architects, either with the support of or, in some cases, in resistance to the political dictate, handled the inspirational influences that came from abroad. Namely the Soviet models forced on them, or the ideas that seeped through from the other side of the Iron Curtain that were closer to the Czech modernist environment. The resulting approach of compromises and mixing influences, typical for a small country in the middle of Europe, gave rise to imaginative combinations of the universal principles of the International Style with structural experiments, a return to sophistication and refined craftsmanship, a cautious criticism of Modernism, or an intensive effort to strike a balance and harmony with the poetic character of the landscape.

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Vorlík, P. (2018). Czech hotels in the late-modernist style set against the landscape. Docomomo Journal, (59), 32–37. https://doi.org/10.52200/59.A.AJVVS2V8

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2018-11-01

Author Biography

Petr Vorlík, Czech Technical University in Prague

Studied at the Faculty of Architecture, CTU, in Prague. He has undertaken design work independently and for the studios Barva and ADR. Since 2002 he has focused on teaching and research. In 2012 he was appointed associate professor. He specialises in 20th-century architecture and is the author or co-author of a number of publications, including The Grounds of the CTU in Dejvice in the 1960s, Interwar Garages in the Czech Lands, Architecture in the Service of Motoring, Jasan Burin, The Czech Skyscraper. He developed the concepts for a series of databases focusing on architecture: industrialnitopografie. cz, dejiny.fa.cvut.cz, registr.cvut.cz/pa.

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