Open House Prague Festival to Open 101 Buildings and Spaces in May

The 8th Open House Prague festival is ready for the annual celebration of Prague’sarchitecture, this time taking place on May 16–22, 2022.

On the weekend of May 21–22, the festival is set to open 101 buildings and spaces across Prague for free, and starting May 16, there is also going to be an eventful accompanying program featuring lectures, discussions, and special guided tours.

The full list of all open buildings is now available here

“We are opening not only industrial buildings and modern buildings with various awards for quality and eco-friendly technologies but also iconic, unique constructions which represent the historical and cultural wealth of Prague. We uncover unknown or hidden cultural projects of excellent architects, artists, and craftsmen, and we present the forgotten stories of constructors, owners, and their descendants,” says festival director Andrea Šenkyříková.

With tours for people with disabilities, families with children, and long-term foreign residents of Prague, Open House Prague is aimed at all members of the general public.

“The festival is first and foremost a community project, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the festival with
us. That is why we welcome fellow enthusiasts-volunteers who want to help us open the city for everyone. Without them, the event would never be able to take place,” says Andrea Šenkyříková.

A Triple Anniversary: Plečnik – Ullmann – Janák

This year’s program is dedicated to commemorating the birth of several significant architects who were active in the Czech lands during their life. January marked the 150 th anniversary of the birth of Slovenian architect and urbanist Jože Plečnik.

On this occasion, the festival offers a guided tour of one of the most remarkable sacral buildings in the Czech Republic, the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord in the district of Vinohrady. Visitors can enter not only the nave but also
the underground crypt and the lower part of the church’s tower.

The organizers have also paid attention to Vojtěch Ignác Ullmann, born 200 years ago in April, who represents the so-called Czech Neo-Renaissance. “We are inviting you to the magical Villa Lanna in Bubeneč, built as a summer residence of businessman, art collector, and patron Vojtěch Lanna Jr. Visitors can also enter the historical halls of the first Prague Sokol Gymnasium in Nové Město, admire the white-and-red sgraffito decoration and interiors of the former Secondary
School for Girls in Vodičkova Street, and look inside Ullmann’s last Prague realization, the Czech Polytechnic Institute in Charles Square, now the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at CTU,” says Andrea Šenkyříková.

Lastly, March marked the 140th anniversary of the birth of architect Pavel Janák. To celebrate him and the buildings he designed throughout his life, the program includes the Clubhouse of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic, the functionalist EA Hotel Juliš in Wenceslas Square, Adria

Other New Buildings

This year, there are 26 buildings that are participating for the first time ever. Visitors can even see architecturally interesting and not usually accessible buildings in more remote parts of Prague, too, such as Zbraslav, Modřany, and Komořany.

The list of open buildings includes the recently finished Prague 12 Town Hall, the Komořany Chateau (now used by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute) and its surroundings, or the freshly reconstructed Zbraslav Clubhouse, a community center designed by Projektil studio located in a former washhouse.

Prague 12 Town Hall

“We had considered Zbraslav a few years ago already, and I am happy that we have finally managed to open some of the interesting buildings in this area. I also recommend the former bell foundry in Zbraslav, where the Manoušek family used to cast bells for many of Prague’s temples, including the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord or the Church of the Hus Congregation in Vinohrady. Unfortunately, the 2002 floods ended this family tradition, but Mr. Manoušek himself will be there to share fascinating information about his craft,” says Andrea Šenkyříková.

The program also features for example the reconstructed UMPRUM Technology Center in Mikulandská Street with spacious interiors and superior equipment for students; the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics at the Czech Technical University in Prague, a building with an unmistakable pneumatic façade located in the university campus in Dejvice; and former Electrical Enterprises, now Bubenská 1, the biggest and most significant monument of inter-war functionalist architecture in Prague. At the time of construction, the latter was considered a symbol of the upcoming new age of modern architecture and progress.

“This monumental administration building has recently been reconstructed by TaK Architects, and visitors can see how they have managed to preserve the building’s esthetic effect and the valuable details in the original technology with their award-winning reconstruction project,” adds Šenkyříková.

Details on the program are also available on the festival’s Facebook event Open House Praha 2022.

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