Modern Architecture

Our region is filled with modern architectural masterpieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, including the pavilion that represented Czechia at Expo 2015 in Milan, buildings of the world-renowned architect Eva Jiřičná as well as tiny chapels designed by young architects, to name but a few.

Czech Pavilion at Expo 2015 by KOMA Modular in Vizovice

The Czech pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan was recognized with several awards, partly for the fact that it was built entirely out of modular blocks, manufactured by the Vizovice company KOMA Modular. This meant that it could be disassembled after the expo ended, brought back to Vizovice and turned into a visitors’ center. Today it also houses the Center of Modular Architecture.

Tomas Bata Memorial

Although it was built back in the 1930’s, the Tomas Bata Memorial, aptly nicknamed the “shining crystal”, still serves as a great example of clean modern architecture, perhaps because its simplicity, plainness and utility capture the essence of Tomáš Baťa, the visionary that turned Zlín into a shoemaking empire in the interwar period with his brand Bata.

Eva Jiřičná’s Buildings

Eva Jiřičná, a Zlín native, spent most of her professional life in London. Nevertheless, her hometown holds a special place in her heart, which is why she designed several new developments downtown, including the Congress Center, the University Center and the new building of the Faculty of Humanities, which also houses the G18 Gallery. All of these buildings can be found in the city center in close vicinity, giving you a perfect reason to check them out!

Church of Saint Wenceslas in Sazovice

Like a scroll of paper, letting light pass through to illuminate the space inside. This was the idea for the design of the newly built Church of Saint Wenceslas in the village of Sazovice. The delicate and elegant structure, designed by Marek Jan Štěpán, is not only a house of prayers but also a cultural center.

Chapel of Saint Anthony of Padua in Fryšták

We’ll let you in on a little secret. High above the town of Fryšták near Zlín, a cylindrical tower made of red bricks presides over a rocky mound. This interesting structure, which we’ve discovered only recently, was built by a local entrepreneur who loved Skalka, as the small hill above Fryšták tends to be called by locals. An exceptional building in an exceptional location.


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