Cubism & Art Deco in Prague


2. Stach & Hoffmann House

Tychonova 269/4 & 268/6, Prague 6 – Hradčany
Josef Gočár, 1912-1913

The original plan of this duplex house did not have any Cubist features. The part that was completed later (Tychonova 269/4) shows a number of triangular or pyramidal elements, most notably in the portal. In the back garden there is a little summer house – one of the few examples of wooden Cubist architecture.

stach & hoffmann house

stach & hoffmann house 3

stach & hoffmann house 4

stach & hoffmann house 2


3. Kovařovic House

Libušina 49/3, Prague 2 – Vyšehrad
Josef Chochol, 1912-1913

This is the work of Josef Chochol, who was the most radical exponent of architectural Cubism. Its fronts facing the street and the garden are formed by slanted surfaces. The alternation of protrusions and indentations conveys, surprisingly, peace and calm. Not only is the villa Cubist, so is the garden design (see the boundary wall).

kovarovic house 1

kovarovic house 2

kovarovic house 3

kovarovic house 4


4. Hodek, Bayer & Belada House

Rašínovo nábřeží 42/6, 47/8 & 71/10, Prague 2 – Vyšehrad
Josef Chochol, 1912-1913

This triplex house was built for František Hodek, Antonín Belada, and the Bayer brothers. The central house, which belonged to the latter, has a huge tympanum to which a relief decoration was later added.

hodek, bayer & belada house

hodek, bayer & belada house 2


5. Hodek Apartment Building

Neklanova 98/30, Prague 2 – Vyšehrad
Josef Chochol, 1913-1914

This is the most beautiful Cubist building in Prague. The slanted surfaces create a sense of movement, which becomes especially apparent in strong sunlight. The dynamic impression is heightened by the sloping terrain. The slender corner pillar and the angular cornice emphasise lightness, which has made some to compare this building to a piece of origami. Cubist elements can also be found on the inside (e.g., the ceiling of the vestibule).

hodek apartment house 1

hodek apartment house 2

hodek apartment house 3

hodek apartment house 4

hodek apartment house 5

hodek apartment house 6

hodek apartment house 7

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6. Apartment building on Neklanova 56/2

Antonín Belada, 1913

This elegant tenement house is often thought of as a work of Josef Chochol, who designed several Cubist buildings in Vyšehrad. In reality it was designed by Antonín Belada.

neklanova 56 2

neklanova 56 2 2


7. Wall & kiosks of the Ďáblice Cemetery

Ďáblická 564/2a, Praha 8 – Střížkov
Vlastislav Hofman, 1912-1914

The Ďáblice Cemetery is the second largest in Prague, after the Olšany Cemetery. The original project saw multiple Cubist structures (including a crematorium), but eventually only the wall and the kiosks in the northwestern part were built in this style.

dablice cemetery 1

dablice cemetery 2

dablice cemetery 3

dablice cemetery 4


8. Diamond House

Spálená 82/4, Prague 1 – New Town
Emil Králíček, 1912-1913

The Diamond House is another landmark of Prague Cubism. Its author, Emil Králíček, combines Cubist features with elements typical of geometrical Art Nouveau, which he had studied under Joseph Maria Olbrich in Darmstadt. The structure got its name from the diamond motifs that can be found in many places on the façades as well as in the interior.

diamond house 1

diamond house 2

diamond house 3

The most outstanding part of the building is its portal.

diamond house 4

Between the portal and the adjacent Church of the Holy Trinity is a Baroque statue of Saint John of Nepomuk from 1717, covered by a Cubist arch. In this way a harmonious connection between the buildings from two different periods is achieved.

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The owner of the building was painter, writer and diplomat Adolf Hoffmeister. Vladimir Mayakovsky is said to have visited him here multiple times.


9. Cubist street lamp

Jungmannovo náměstí, Prague 1 – New Town
Emil Králíček, 1912-1913

This is the only Cubist street lamp in the world. It also shows influence from geometrical Art Nouveau. The fine fluting of the shaft is a common feature in the work of Králíček. The lamp also has a seat.

cubist street lamp


10. Bethlehem Chapel in Žižkov

Prokopova 216/4, Prague 3 – Žižkov
Emil Králíček, 1912-1913

The Bethlehem Chapel, located in a residential courtyard in Žižkov, was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Jan Hus. The façade inscription that informs us of that is flanked by two deep hexagonal niches containing the busts of Jan Hus and John Calvin. Cubist elements can also be seen in the portal and in the interior (e.g., the preacher’s pulpit).

bethlehem chapel


11. Mrázek Villa (Vila na Libušince)

Rašínovo nábřeží 50/26, Prague 2 – Vyšehrad
Emil Králíček, 1912-1913

This is a late Art Nouveau building with rich sculptural decoration and several Cubist details. The most interesting of the latter are the lamps and railings in the staircase.

villa na libusince 1

villa na libusince 2


12. Portal of the villa on Na Baště sv. Ludmily 247/13

Emil Králíček, 1912-1913

This building, located in the Castle District, has a portal with a motif of three birds on its lintel, which is supported by Cubist pilasters.

Na Baště sv. Ludmily 24 713


13. Apartment building on Rašínovo nábřeží 407/36

Miroslav Buriánek, 1912-1914

This is another beautiful late Art Nouveau building with Cubist elements (e.g., the portal and the balcony columns).

Rašínovo nábřeží 407 36

Rašínovo nábřeží 407 36 3

Rašínovo nábřeží 407 36 2

Rašínovo nábřeží 407 36 4


14. Apartment building on Rašínovo nábřeží 406/38

Miroslav Buriánek

This tenement house was, like its neighbour to the south, designed by Miroslav Buriánek. The Cubist features are less striking here.

Rašínovo nábřeží 406 38 1

Rašínovo nábřeží 406 38 2


15. Mánes Bridge fountains

Mečislav Petrů (architect) & Emanuel Halman (sculptor), 1913-1914

The Mánes Bridge connects the upper part of the Old Town with the Lesser Town. Its original name was the Archduke Bridge, after Franz Ferdinand of Austria. The bridge had multiple Cubist features, such as the fountains and the booths for toll collectors (destroyed). Mečislav Petrů was the head of the Municipal Construction Office.

manes bridge

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16. Railings of the Upper Embankment

Hořejší nábřeží, Prague 5 – Smíchov

The railings of the Upper Embankment in Smíchov are probably the work of one of the designers that collaborated with the Municipal Construction Office (Pavel Janák, Josef Chochol, Rudolf Stockar, Mečislav Petrů, Vlastislav Hofman, or Ludvík Kysela).

upper embankment railings