The Metro Vent is a sculptural piece located in the Smíchov Rail Station, designed in 1977 by Josef David. The design of the station stresses the importance of transportation, especially the adjacent railway.
The metro station was tiled by structural concrete and ceramic plates. The ceramic relief was executed to the design of Marta Tabery. Sculptor Jan Hendrych designed the fountain, and Aleš Vašíček created the sculpture in the metro vestibule. The Ventilator 59 SN, conceived by architect Josef David, overlooks the adjacent bus terminal. The air flows out from underneath the pointed roofs. These are visually separated by fully covered ceramic mouldings that flow from the top to the street level.
The surroundings of Smíchov railway station will soon change dramatically – the cancelled freight train station will become a new district of Smíchov City, based on the outcomes of several architectural competitions.
Text by Barbora Slavíčková
2018 Metro Vent
1977 City of Prague
2018 City of Prague
1977 The Prague Public Transit
2018 The Prague Public Transit
Form of government
1977 Socialist Federative Republic
2018 Parliamentary Republic
Spatial Planning Agency
Type of heritage and protection