Iconic Modernist Building of Prague, Planned by Devetsil Members

Photographic Reproduction of Josef Havlicek and Karel Honzik’s Plan for the General Pension Institute Building in Prague.

Praha: Antonin Gubcevsky, Ca. 1930. Original, black and white photograph. 232 × 167 mm. With the stamps of the architects, and the photographer, Gubcevsky on the verso. In fine condition.

Czech avant-garde architects, Josef Havlicek and Karel Honzik’s visual for their iconic modernist work, the building of the General Pension Institute in Prague.

Josef Havlicek (1899–1961) and Karel Honzik (1900–1966) were representatives of functionalist and purist architecture and were both founding members of Devetsil, the association of the Czech avant-garde artists. They designed the building of the General Pension Institute, following Le Corbusier’s modernist architectural principles. 


The structure of the monumental, twelve storey building was made of reinforced concrete which allowed free design of the ground plan. It featured horizontal windows in the entire length of its facade, roof gardens, and was equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, including American air conditioning. Besides the workspaces, the complex also included meeting rooms, restaurants, cafes, shops and employees’ apartments. As it was the highest building in Prague at the time of its construction it was often referred to as the first skyscraper of the city.

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Price: €500.00