A brief Primer on Cubist Architectural Form in Prague. This cursory note on Cubist Architectural Form arises from my attempts to study something about the urban architecture of Prague before embarking on a visit to this wonderful city. Such an endeavor leads me quickly enough to statements in virtually any guide to this fascinating city that cubist architectural form is the central feature of the city's urban landscape, which, actually, Prague provides a uniquely interesting collection of modern architecture for this city.
The term Cubist architecture comes from the early nineteen thirties and refers to buildings with some form of horizontal or diagonal line throughout the building. While Cubists were more concerned with how the lines were drawn than how they were arranged, they were largely responsible for introducing the concept of this style. Some people would even argue that their design was so innovative that it had not been recognized before the early fifties.
Many of the earliest examples of Cubist architecture in Prague were found in the Kubaertovskie area. These were houses built in such a way as to make the most of each square foot of space. While the majority of the construction in the Kubaertovskie area came from the middle of the twenties, a great number of buildings were designed well after the twenties and continued to be built until the late eighties. Of course, many of these buildings were destroyed during the war and are being redone now, but there are also many that have already been constructed and are now being used as office buildings, apartment buildings and hotels.
Today, Cubist architecture is making a comeback in Prague and across Central Europe. In fact, many of the old and historic buildings that were destroyed during the war may soon become part of a new generation of Prague buildings. With an influx of young professionals in the Czech Republic, many of the older and historic buildings may soon be torn down, and the city's new, modernist buildings will take their place. The same thing may happen with buildings that were once used for industrial purposes or in business that no longer provide any service to its citizens. As such, many of these buildings are going to be torn down and new ones constructed, and used as office buildings, apartments, restaurants and shops.
So what is Cubist architecture all about? One word sums up the essence of this style and that word is 'freedom'. Cubists are able to maximize all spaces while minimizing their size in order to allow maximum visual impact and freedom of movement.
In one of the many schools of thought that exists about this style, different individuals view it as something that is neither beautiful nor functional. They maintain that it is more like art than anything else and consider it a form of rebellion against the traditional forms of architecture. But even those who do hold to this opinion would agree that the style is more aesthetically stimulating than the more conventional types of architecture. And they would be right.
Many of the new office buildings that are being built are being constructed with this style in mind. The main building on the Prague airport's tarmac is a very good example of this style and it is being designed by the architecture firm of VVA Studio in a new building in Prague.
The main problem that exists with the architecture of this style is that it does not fit into the usual mold. For example, the roof of a building cannot be completely removed because of the space constraints, making this type of architecture almost like a maze. The architecture of this type also requires an extremely large space to be able to function properly, meaning that if you want a large building for business purposes, then you will have to choose one that is very large and feature several large windows. A smaller building would be the most suitable choice.
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