Welcome to Prague, a highly cultural city. I would like to share with you my absolutely surprising discovery- some Dutch architectural influence! Štencův dům (The Štenc House), this cleverly hidden curiosity, is situated only 350 meters on foot from Orloj (Astronomical clock), the tourist super highlight.
Those who search, find. I’m known for my interest in the visual world and what is happening around me. Following an architecture guide once while I was standing in Salvatorská street – in reality it is a very short L-shaped street with a church instead of some buildings – I couldn’t believe where I was. Normally, I wouldn’t walk around here. One look at Štencův dům will give you a reason to know more about it. I love the Dutch touch in Prague.
Štencův dům (1911) was built according to plans by Otakar Novotný (1880-1959), an important Czech architect. The design of the house with a distinctive brick facade was influenced by his student trip to the Netherlands. He personally met Petrus Berlage, the founding father of modern Dutch architecture. The former apartment and printing house was precisely reconstructed by professionals. I am very motivated to attend an event and take a look inside.
Štencův dům served as a notable meeting place for prominent artists including Ján Štursa and other important personalities of Prague in the first half of the 20th century. Nowadays it is a premium coworking club.