10 Bizarre Examples of Communist Architecture

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2 Nová Scéna

Img: via Prague.eu

Img: via Prague.eu

In 1983, then-Czechoslovakian capital Prague and its National Theater got a new supplementary building. The classic architecture of the Prague’s historic Nové Město quarter was contrasted (or complemented, depending on your personal tastes in architecture) with a futuristic style of the building whose exterior is made up of more than 4,000 blown glass blocks.

Nová Scéna (New Scene) was added as a part of an extensive reconstruction project that began in 1977. The City Commission of the Communist Party had requested that the new building should be completed by November 18th, 1983. This was to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the National Theatre building. The project met the deadline, and the new building featured its first performance on November 20th, 1983. The New Scene is also home to a nonverbal theatre called Laterna Magika. A well known tourist destination, the performances of Laterna Magika combine film, dance, and black theatre.

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