10 Interesting Architectural Facts About Prague You Probably Didn’t Know

Prague, the capital and the largest city of Czech Republic, is a historical place shaped by the unparalleled architectural styles of different eras – Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, the Moorish Revival, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Modernism and more. The city has survived through monarchy, empire and independence to occupation, totalitarianism to finally, liberation. The glorious city, rich in history and replete with architectural styles, is a live textbook for historians, tourists, and students of architecture to explore and study from. We round up 10 interesting architectural and historical facts about the city that will impress and imprint their legacy on any worthy observer.
According to the Guinness book of records, the Prague castle is the largest in the world. The castle dates back to the 9th century and was expanded several times until second half of the 18th century. The castle itself is a complex for tourist sites including St. Vitus Cathedral and the St. George’s Basilica.
The Astronomical clock, among the most famous tourist attraction, rests in front of the Old Town Hall. Thousands of tourists from around the world flock to watch the hourly performance. Every hour a procession of 12 apostles appear from the sides of the clock but towards the end there is an ominous figure of death striking the time. 
After John Lennon’s assassination in 1980, an image was painted on the wall opposite the French Embassy in Mala Strana. The site identified as Lennon’s memorial echoes the singer’s non-violent rebellion and free thinking. It is reported that despite repeated coats of whitewash, the wall continues to remain covered in John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from Beatles songs. 

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Construction Material Disasters: Glass

The Walkie Talkie Tower aka Walkie Scorchie, London
As highlighted in one of our former blogs, glass has found its varied use in a lot of commercial and mixed-development projects, adorning the curtain wall and creating transparent, expansive spaces. As a sequel, we focus on the failures of glass as an ideal construction material. Glare is often the most persistent problem. As most glass curtain walls cannot be opened, ventilation is another issue that needs special attention. Glass is also poor in terms of heat preservation, leading to higher costs in the operation of air-conditioners.
Some apartment and office buildings with glass curtain walls have inferior fire-proofing. The recent fire at Lotus Business Centre in Mumbai, which resulted in as many as 20 injuries and 1 fatality, was aggravated due to its glass facades and high wind intensity. Some countries such as Japan and Germany have already placed a ban on the use of large areas of glass walls because this form of construction becomes a pathway for fire to spread rapidly. But nothing brings more notoriety on glass than its impact on other buildings and passers-by. Curved glass facades have a tendency to form gigantic parabolic convex lens converging the harmless sun rays into directed heat rays and some flawed design practices intensify this by creating the “death rays”.
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Zac Efron’s Epic Bachelor Pad

The 27-year-old actor Zac Efron has been in the limelight for a long while now. He came a teen idol with his appearance in Disney’s high school musical. He has had this youth icon tag attached to him for a while now and his home does have a reputation to maintain considering he is one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. We now have access to his party pad in Hollywood Hills after he sold it for $2.775 million last month. Designed for the Case Study Program by Rodney Walker, the home was built in 1947. Features include walls of glass, two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,424 square feet of living space.

As such the exterior of the building is very simple. However its not simple-boring, rather simple-chic

The simple structure is offset by the aesthetic placement of the furniture. The wall glass panels give the house an excellent inside-outside feel making it seem larger than what it really is.

The roof gives the home a semi-industrial feel. Its modern rugged for the 21st century man.

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