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Czechoslovakia - Expo Paris 1925

Czechoslovakia at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1925
Architect(s) : J. Gocar

The brightness of its incarnadine contrasts with the rest of the architecture, all grey concrete. This red is that of the glass bracelet worn by Bohemian women in the countryside.

Thus, from the outset, a modern statement made by the material of cement is combined with a regional statement made by the glass, which is a national industry, just like the embroidery in the windows. If you go up to the first floor, you enter a living room with tapestries framed by oak panelling: it is intended for Hradeany Castle, the Prague residence of the President of the Czechoslovak Republic.

On the floor, a huge carpet, one of the largest I know of, depicts a symbolic map of Bohemia, the main towns and rivers, the trades and occupations characteristic of the various regions, with Prague at the centre.