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Brutalism Kotva Department Store

Being in the historical city centre of Prague, the area designated for the new department store was quite complex. An architectual competition was organised in order to find the best idea for its architectual and urbanistic solution. The Machonins’ design introduced a spatial structure of interconnected hexagonal prisms and was valued especially for its “good development of irregular ground plan, unconventional dispositions and distictive contemporary architectual expression.” Their hexagonal structure supported by columns with inclined struts allowed to reduce vertical support to a minimum and effectively used the construction space.

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