Explore Prague with this modernist architecture map

Modern Prague Map is a finely crafted guide that celebrates 20th century buildings across the Czech Republic's capital 

Large white building with clock tower
Church of Saint Wenceslas by Kostel Svatého Václava, Josef Gočár, 1930
(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

Written by Wallpaper* contributor, Prague-based architectural historian and writer Adam Štěch, and beautifully shot by photographer Tomáš Souček, this modernist architecture map is a visual feast – as well as a useful tool – about exploring the beautiful European city of Prague. Published by Blue Crow Media, Modern Prague Map, released this month, celebrates 20th century architecture in the Czech Republic capital. 

The travel guide is a two-sided and bilingual print that includes a map of the city, as well as an introductory essay and information on fifty notable buildings – all of which are marked on the map. The rich selection of buildings spans the 20th century, including work by architects such as Vlastislav Hofman, Adolf Loos, Věra Machoninová and her husband Vladimír Machonín – and many more. 

Copy of Modern Prague Map

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

The featured buildings offer a wide range of typologies and scales, from large scale works, such as multi-family housing to department stores, to more boutique designs, such as homes or urban furniture. Highlights include Emil Králíček’s Cubist lamp post, the Modernist Baba Housing Estate, Martin Rainer’s apartment building and the New Stage of the National Theatre by Prager, the artist S. Libenský and the sculptor J. Brychtová.

‘Important historical events are imprinted on the walls of Prague's architecture,' says Štěch. ‘In almost every street in Prague we can find various examples of architecture from all decades of the last century; from the phenomenon that is Czech Cubism to our unique take on Postmodernism and High-Tech architecture.’

Modern Prague Map is part of a series of architectural guides from Blue Crow Media - other publications include similar projects that focus on modernist and brutalist architecture in places such as Berlin, Chicago and London.

Train station entrance

Main Train Station Extension by Přístavba Hlavního nádraží, Josef Danda, Jan Bočan, Jan Šrámek, Alena Šrámková, Zdeněk Rothbauer, 1972-79

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

Meeting room with long table & chairs

Palace of Culture (Now Conference Palace) by Palác kultury (Dnes Konferenční palác), Jaroslav Mayer, Jaroslav Trávníček, Josef Karlík, Ivan Lejčar, 1974-81

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

Multi storey buildings next to busy road

Kotva Department Store / Obchodní dům Kotva, Věra Machoninová, Vladimír Machonin, 1970-75

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

Large grey block building

The New Stage of the National Theatre / Nová scéna Národního divadla, Karel Prager, Stanislav Libenský, Jaroslava Brychtova, 1977-83

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

Orange & cream decorative interior

Legion Bank / Banka československých legií, Josef Gočár, 1921-23

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

Street view of corner building

Apartment Building on Neklanova Street / Obytná budova, Josef Chocho, 1912-14

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

Living room area with seating

Villa Winternitz / Winternitzova vila, Adolf Loos, Karel Lhota, 1931-32

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)


Modern Prague Map

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).