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50 years Czech Embassy in Berlin

The exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the planning of the Czech Embassy, in Berlin is dedicated to the history from the first draft of 1972 until today. Unique staged photo series by the well-known photographers Simon Schnepp and Morgane Renou, who live in Berlin and Paris, will be shown. The archive shows reproductions of historical plans from the National Gallery in Prague, photographs and a model from the Berlinische Galerie, as well as original designs of furniture by Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin. 

Tschechische Botschaft in Berlin von außen
Tschechische Botschaft in Berlin von außen © visitBerlin, Foto Scholvien

The building of the Czech Embassy, built by Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin in the center of the then still divided Berlin, has become an architectural icon. Designed in 1972, it was nicknamed the "Starship Enterprise" after its completion in 1978 - a space shuttle that had landed in no-man's land not far from the Berlin Wall. Until the late 1980s, it remained the only prominent landmark in the area.

The original geometry of the structure gives rise to the futuristic and self-contained overall external impression, which is defined by the granite façade panels, large tinted windows, horizontal window bands and sloping parapets. The first floor is formed by three glass capsules floating above the ground, which emphasize the concise silhouette of the embassy. The exterior provides a great contrast to the interior design. A unique symbiosis of color, material and interior design artistry, designed by the architect couple themselves and largely preserved to this day.
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Opening hours: 08. 04. 2022 - 03. 10. 2022, Tue - Sat 14 - 18, closed on Berlin holidays.

Special opening hours: Architecture Exhibition Weekend 11. + 12. 06. 2022, 12:00 - 18:00 | 02. + 03. 10. 2022, 14 - 18 hrs.
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