Address: Chopinova 1543/4, Praha 2-Vinohrady
Year: 1908–1909; 1937 (extension of the 4th floor)
Architects: Jan Kotěra; Josef Záruba-Pfeffermann (extension)
One of Prague’s key buildings of modern architecture arose in Vinohrady in the beginning of the 20th century. The author of the building is the famous Czech architect Jan Kotěra, who designed it for Jan Laichter, the owner of the publishing house, who was also a close friend of T. G. Masaryk. Externally, the architect decided to play with various types of coarse rendering and masonry. Inside, he connected the publishing house’s offices with a family apartment through a staircase hall, decorated with ornamental paintings and carved out owls, symbols of wisdom and education. The book-printing tradition is now carried on by the Paseka Publishing House, which is located inside, and it will open the building’s authentic space for you for one Sunday afternoon.