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Brutal Beauty: A Video Tour of the Czech Embassy in London

June 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the premiere of a tour of one the prime examples of Brutalist architecture in London and discover what’s hiding behind the facade of the Czech Embassy.

Owen Hatherley, architecture critic and author of Landscapes of Communism: A History through Buildings, will guide you through the recently refurbished London Czech Embassy from its spectacular roof terrace with iconic water towers to the original cinema in the basement.

Designed by the leading Czech architectural duo Jan Šrámek and Jan Bočan, in collaboration with the architect of the Royal Festival Hall, Robert Mathew, it was awarded in 1971 RIBA London Region Award and marked a significant redevelopment in the Notting Hill Gate area in the late ‘60s.

Looking back to pre-war Czech Modernism and post-war architecture, Owen Hatherley will discuss its influence in Britain while exploring the obtuse angles and concrete details of the building designed in accordance with the prevailing architectural trends and representing the best of Brutalist architecture.

Free event

Followed by a live discussion on ZOOM with Owen Hatherley

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Organised by the Czech Centre London in collaboration with the Czech and Slovak Embassies in London and the London Festival of Architecture.


Czech Centre London

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