The Metro Vent at Smíchov Rail Station

Location

Prague, Czech Republic

50.0609211, 14.4091417

Author

Josef David

Architect

Built in

1977

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 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

Function

1977Metro Vent

2018 Metro Vent

Ownership

1977 City of Prague

2018 City of Prague

Condition

1977 Good

2018 Good

Property Management

1977 The Prague Public Transit

2018 The Prague Public Transit

Form of government

1977 Socialist Federative Republic

2018 Parliamentary Republic

Spatial Planning Agency

1977

2018

Type of heritage and protection

1977 None

2018 None