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.
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.
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, 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!
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.
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.
We have no shortage of castles and châteaux, either! Scattered across the land you’ll find ancient keeps built to safeguard the Moravian border, quaint hunting lodges, vast noble estates-
the unique style of Wallachian log cabins. These little houses made of wooden beams used to line the village roads and city streets in all the land. Few have survived to this day.
The regions of Zlín and Luhačovice have amassed quite a collection of these. This comes as no surprise since Tomáš Baťa built all of his Zlín in the spirit of this intriguing style of modern architect
The city of Zlín is a one-of-a-kind civil engineering project. A factory within a garden, a city within a factory. There’s an order to everything, whether it is the small brick working-class houses pl
Art Nouveau is commonly known as a unique architectural style that makes frequent use of floral motifs and ornate curls. While the roots of this style can be traced to the regions of Zlín and Luhačovi