Leading Czech architect Jan Kotěra died 100 years ago

Museum of Eastern Bohemia in Hradec Králové, Photo: Patricie Polanská, Czech Radio

Kotěra was an internationally-recognised practitioner of modern architecture, straddling the boundaries between contemporary art nouveau and modern functionalism. He left an indelible mark on many towns and cities across Czechia.

Born in Brno, Jan Kotěra left at the end of the 19th Century to study architecture in Vienna, where he was heavily influenced by his professor Otto Wagner, a pioneer of modern architecture. Thanks to Wagner, Kotěra also met his contemporaries Jože Plečnik, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Joseph Urban, and another famous Brno native – Adolf Loos, who all went on to become well-known architects.

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