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The 5th anniversary of the Open House Praha festival is behind the door!

Open House Prague revealed, which buildings will be opened on 18-19 May

Eva Ledecká
02.Apr 2019
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Fans of Prague's modern and historical architecture, you have plenty to look forward to! This year, Open House Prague will open an incredible 80 buildings (15 more than last year), which are usually not open to the public. Look forward to impressive lavish palaces, ultra-modern buildings fitted with the best technology, top offices as well as luxurious representative premises.

Open House will reveal what lies behind the doors of the buildings you pass by when walking through Prague!

Just like every year, the Open House Prague festival aims to make luxury Prague architecture accessible to the widest possible public.

"Getting to know the buildings, their architecture and stories is the first step to waking people's interest in the city and its public space," says festival director Andrea Šenkyříková.

The first Open House Prague festival took place in 2015 and within four years, it has already managed to open 192 buildings. 185 000 inhabitants of Prague, other parts of the country and tourists from abroad visited the festival.

This year the festival will open a total of 38 buildings for the very first time!

Among them, you can find the representative premises of the Hrzánský and Lichtenštejnský Palace buildings, the Štenc House in the Old Town or the House of Agricultural Enlightenment at Náměstí Míru, to name a few.

A novelty of the festival is a section of green buildings, in which you will be able to see the new administrative building Visionary in Holešovice or the luxurious office and commercial building DOCK IN TWO, which grew up in the vicinity of the blind arms of Vltava in Libeň.

Prodej funkcionalistické vily Praha - 360m
Prodej funkcionalistické vily Praha - 360m, Praha 8

The next section also includes buildings owned by the city, which are currently looking for their future use.

The Great Strahov Stadium is one of them.

“We’ve been trying for the Great Strahov Stadium since the beginning of the festival. It is the largest stadium in the world, part of which is listed (its bleachers). In 2014, it was passed on to the capital city of Prague and now a debate has been opened about the possible future use of not only the stadium, but the entire area in its vicinity. We would like the festival to awaken people's interest in its future fate," adds Andrea Šenkyříková.

Practical information

A complete list of buildings and thematic routes will be published on the portal before the beginning of the festival. The festival enables to filter the buildings according to various criteria. You can purchase a festival guide containing a map, information and interviews with contemporary personalities from the world of architecture. The guide will be available at the festival information center one week before the event.

3 highlights of this year’s festival according to director Andrea Šenkyříková:

  • Office building Visionary in Holešovice, the second greenest building in Europe with a running track on the roof

  • General Pension Institute, today the Radost House, in Žižkov, nicknamed the "first Prague skyscraper"

  • Trauttmannsdorf Palace in Hradčany, which served as a prison until the beginning of the 20th century

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