2016 & 2015 Kafka’s House
Nám. Franze Kafky 3, Praha 1 / 8. – 11. 12. 2016
designSUPERMARKET 2016 will take place in Kafka’s House on the Franz Kafka’s Square no. 3 right next to the Old Town Sqare, in the same location as in 2015 (10.-13. 12. 2015). The apartment house built in 1902 after the redevelopment of the Old Town is located on the site of the former prelate baroque Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas on the borders of the former Jewish ghetto. Here, on 3rd July 1883, Franz Kafka was born.
2014 House at the Minute
Old Town Square 4, Praha 1 / 11. – 14. 12. 2014
designSUPERMARKET 2014 took place in the historical premises of the House at the Minute (Dům U Minuty) in the very centre of Prague. This renaissance house belongs to the Old Town City Hall complex at the border of the Old Town Square and the Small Square. The Festival will be located at 3 floors, and a patio. We believe that you will find the real oasis of good taste and good mood.
2013 Kafka’s House
Nám. Franze Kafky 3, Praha 1 / 4. – 8. 12. 2013
designSUPERMARKET 2013 took place in Kafka’s House on the Franz Kafka’s Square no. 3 right next to the Old Town Sqare. The apartment house built in 1902 after the redevelopment of the Old Town is located on the site of the former prelate baroque Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas on the borders of the former Jewish ghetto. Here, on 3rd July 1883, Franz Kafka was born.
2013 Štenc House
Salvátorská 8, Praha 1 / STUDIO designSUPERMARKET 18. – 22. 9. 2013
Renowned Czech architect Otakar Novotný, the author of SVU Mánes building at Masarykově nábřeží, finished the design of Štenc House in 1909 influented by the upcoming modern style and his own study trips to the Netherlands. The building became a significant contrast among the surrounding historical buildings of the Old Town. Prague graphic designer Jan Štenc placed in the building complex his large print and graphics studio, a unique archive of glass negatives and an exhibition gallery for examples of their work. The courtyard building, where STUDIO designSUPERMARKET takes place, is characterized by rugged topography and aperture. The Štenc House used to serve as a meeting point of important personalities of Prague in the first half of 20th century. Its fame, however, retained only till the rise of communism. Currently, the building is owned by direct descendants of Jan Štenc and seeks for new tenant who would follow its former glory. We believe that we – and especially you – will succeed at least for a while.
2011 – 2012 Palác Archa
Na Poříčí 26, Praha 1 / designSUPERMARKET SHOPPING
The history of Palác Archa is very colorful and unique, though perhaps a bit unjustly neglected building in the heart of Prague. Two adjacent buildings on Porici street were originally built as Czechoslovak Legions Bank in 1921-39. The first was built in 1921-23, now known as Legiobank. The building was designed by famous architect Josef Gočár in rondocubism style. To collaborate on a Legiobank Gocar invited his friends and great artists: Jan Štursa, the author of four sculptures of legionnaires stationed at the main entrance, Otto Gutfreund, who created the second floor windowsill relief Return of the legions and Frantisek Kysela, who is the author of interior mural decoration and stained glass dome over the banking hall. Legiobank did very well, and so in 1937-38 it had built a new building in the neighborhood of the first one – a modern building in functionalist style by architect Frantisek Marek, that is interlinked with Gocar’s rondo-cubist building. The second building is called The Golden Spike, which is related to the second floor, decorated with wrought-cob motif designed by Josef Kaplicky. In 1990 the both buildings were bought by CSOB and undergone a magnificent restoration. The restoration, which took place in 1991-94 was designed by architect Adalbert Obadálka. At the same time the basement was renovated into a theater to become one of the most modernly-designed theater spaces late 20th century in our country – Archa Theatre.
2012 Dům Černá Labuť
Na Poříčí 25, Praha 1 / designSUPERMARKET PARTY
In today’s venue of Dům Černá labuť there used to be a small two-floor-house, formerly a restaurant and butchers. Since 20s, the house started to be used as a cultural space for various theatrical groups, craftsmen etc. In 40s the building hosted a famous theatre F. E. Burian. Since 1998 the house is fully renovated and waiting for new cultural use.
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