Compact archive November 1, 2006

Exhibition of photographs - Mies van der Rohe Award 2005

is a European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. It is the most prestigious award for architects and their work. The Award is given every two years (already since 1987) by European Union and Mies van der Rohe Foundation seated in Barcelona. The aim of this prize is to support creativity and show the big influence that architecture has on every day’s life.

The winners of the year 2005 are 2 Dutch architects Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture for their design of the Dutch Embassy in Berlin. A special prize was also given to young architects from NL Architects for their BasketBar in Utrecht University campus.

Photographs and plans of 33 final projects of the year 2005 are displayed in Prague Lapidarium in Bethlehem Chaple until 5th November. 27 models and two DVD presentations are included in the exhibition. Visitors can also buy a catalogue in English language.


Exquisite halls of Prague Castle open to the public

As we already informed, some institutes opened their representatives buildings to the public. Prague Castle is open to the public twice a year, this year it will “open the doors” again on 17th November.

Visitor can see exquisite halls of the Castle – Spanish Hall, Rudolph’s Gallery and lounges of South Wing in New Royal Palace.
The Prague Castle Guides will inform about the furniture and the use of the halls.

The Castle is open from 9:00 to 17:00. The last tour starts at 16:30. Access to the exquisite rooms is through Matthias Gate from the I. courtyard.


Gastronomic show Palazzo in Prague

Combination of exclusive cuisine and entertainment is promised to everybody who will visit PALAZZO – show for gourmets. Visitors can already look forward to great dishes, such as shredded domestic duck with shimmering carrot sauerkraut and a cranberry and ginger risotto.

Four dishes made by excellent chef Josef Rychter will be served by the candle light in the elegance of a mirror palace. Delicious menu will be accompanied with performances of acrobats, jugglers, magicians, clowns, singers and actors from all over the world.

The events take place in Prague Letenska plan from 16th November till 11th February at 19:30. The tickets (can be bought through Ticketpro) cost 1400 CZK, 1900 CZK and 2490 CZK on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 1680 CZK, 2190 CZK and 2590 CZK on Friday and Saturday. For New Year’s Eve 9500 CZK.

Lionel Richie's concert in Prague

Very successful all-round musician Lionel Richie is coming to Prague with his Coming Home Tour 2007 where he introduces his newest record Coming home as well as the best songs of his career.

Lionel Richie has been many times on the top of American charts with his songs, one of the first was “Endless love” sung together with Diana Ross. The song “Truly” and the album Can’t Slow Down were awarded Grammy. His probably most famous song “Say You Say Me” brought him an Oscar.

The concert of Lionel Richie takes place in Prague Sazka Arena on 9th March 2007 at 20:00. Tickets are available through Sazkaticket, the prices are 1290 CZK, 1090 CZK and 890 CZK for sitting; 990 CZK and 790 CZK for standing.


New uniforms for Prague Castle guards

Prague Castle guards are photographed by tourists every day. Soon the guards will probably change their uniforms. Present blue uniforms are according to some Czech veterans too much alike to uniforms of US Marines.

The new uniforms should copy the models from the 30’s of the last century. The uniforms of that time were green with red collar facings and golden waistband. Shoes and weapons should remain the same.

The pressure to change the uniforms has already last for 16 years. Veterans say that present uniforms designed by Theodor Pistek are not acceptable and look more like circus costumes. New uniforms should more represent the tradition of Czech country. There are still lots of present uniforms in store so the change will not happen presently.