Major architectural feats in the Czech lands
The Museum of Architecture and Civil Engineering presents the major architectural feats in the Czech lands from the second half of the 19th century to present. Visitors can acquaint themselves here with engineering elements in construction, with the technology for building chain bridges, with the iron construction of roofs and truss bridges. In short, one is provided insight into the most important buildings and the characteristic features of the various orders and styles – Historicist architecture, Art Nouveau, Modernism, Cubism, Constructivism, Functionalism to Socialist Realism and the mass prefab housing projects of the 1960s. Both original as well as completely new architecture models, including sculpture supplements, numerous studies, plans and photographs characterizing the various stylistic stages and informing of the great figures of Czech architecture (J. Zítek, J. Kotěra, J. Gočár, Sial) are exhibited here.
The exhibit offers a pleasant visit to an Art Nouveau and Cubist setting, providing the chance to sample the atmosphere of that age. Visitors can enter architect offices from the 19th and 20th century or be reminded of the success of the Czechoslovak Pavilion at Expo 58 in Brussels. A representative collection of historical lamps and lighting devices is presented in from the design section.