Czech Radio Praha-Vinohrady. From the Kbely tent to the Vinohrady palace (1946) by UnknownCzech Radio
From the Kbely tent to the Vinohrady palace
The winter of 1924 forced the founders of Radiojournal to leave the tent in Kbelý for a rental in Vinohrady. Eight years later, what is by then Czechoslovak Radio moves into the modern functionalist palace designed by architect Bohumil Sláma and built between 1927–1932.
The return of style
The Prague headquarters of Czech Radio underwent a comprehensive reconstruction in 2004-2011, which removed most of the tasteless interior modifications. The main entrance hall regained its original beauty and is now once again lined and paved with polished marble.
Czech Radio Praha-Vinohrady. Marble masterpiece (2019-12-09) by Khalil BaalbakiCzech Radio
The return of noble materials to the interior of the radio building also revealed the beauty of the marble staircase leading from the entrance hall to the mezzanine.
Czech Radio Praha-Vinohrady. Custom construction: the studio building on Římská Street (2022-02-02) by Khalil BaalbakiCzech Radio
Custom construction: the studio building on Římská Street
From 1998–2000, a brand new studio building sprang up right next to the original radio building on Vinohradská Street. The adjoining new studio house was built with unique steel springs to mitigate the vibrations from the underground railway.
Czech Radio Praha-Karlín. Legedary Studio A (2017-05-09) by Martin ČuříkCzech Radio
Legedary Studio A
The biggest stars of the 1960s – Eva Pilarová, Karel Gott, Helena Vondráčková and Waldemar Matuška – recorded their hit songs in Czech Radio’s Karlin building in the famous Studio A, one of the best equipped studios in Europe with great reverberation.
Czech Radio Praha-Karlín. The great floods hurt and helped (2017-05-09) by Martin ČuříkCzech Radio
The great floods hurt and helped
Flooding in the summer of 2002 damaged the Karlin radio building badly, but it was also a blessing in disguise. The water swept away undesirable design features added to the building, which meant that architects were able to restore the interior to its original form.
Czech Radio Brno. The pride of modern architecture (1930) by Rudolf Sandalo mladšíCzech Radio
The pride of modern architecture
The Brno Radio building was originally a branch of the Union Bank, built in 1923–1925 and designed by Ernst Wiesner, one of the most important local architects.
Czech Radio Brno. Serving Czech Radio Brno since the 50s (2023-04-20) by Ludmila OpltováCzech Radio
Serving Czech Radio Brno since the 50s
After several waves of renovations from 2017–2021, the headquarters of the most listened-to regional station of Czech Radio exemplarily combines modern technology with the legacy of functionalism. The reconstruction project was the work of architect Miloš Klement.
The revival of First Republic elegance
The architect Wiesner incorporated several distinctive elements into the building to emphasize its monumental verticality. First is the U-shaped employee staircase, which ascends from the ground floor to the top flood.
Czech Radio České Budějovice
Czech Radio’s broadcasting in South Bohemian was born in the liberation period of May 1945. From October, the new regional broadcasting took up permanent residence in the former German Girls' Lyceum, an Art Nouveau building.
Blue is good
From 1965–1972 a completely new building was added to the historic building – a studio house designed by Otto Kubík. In 2004, the entire modernised radio operation was relocated here. This was preceded by a renovation by architect Libor Erban, featuring a pre-set glass wall.
Czech Radio Hradec Králové
The future building of Czech Radio Hradec Králové was built on the Elbe embankment in1897 – the ground floor was originally a tavern. In the summer of 1997 the building was bought and reconstructed by Czech Radio according to the design of architects K. Plock and M. Misík.
Czech Radio Hradec Kralove. Carefree childhood colors (2018) by Martin SuchánekCzech Radio
Carefree childhood colors
The interior of Czech Radio Hradec Králové represents the design style of the late 20th century, featuring sharp lines, bulky decorative elements and distinctive pastel color shades.
Czech Radio Karlovy Vary
Czech Radio’s Pilsen regional station had a second branch in the centre of Karlovy Vary from 1954. In the 1990s, Czech Radio sold this building and bought a villa in a peaceful area of Karlovy Vary.
Czech Radio's newest building in Liberec (2018) by Martin SuchánekCzech Radio
Czech Radio's newest building in Liberec
The building dates back to 2006 and differs from the neighbouring houses only by the colour of its facade, the station name banner and the differently divided windows. Otherwise, it fits in perfectly with the surrounding buildings.
Launching broadcasting from the new Liberec studio (2016-11-02) by Khalil BaalbakiCzech Radio
Launching broadcasting from the new Liberec studio
A crowd of visitors fills the broadcast studio for good reason. It's Wednesday, 2 November 2016, and Czech Radio's General Director René Zavoral is inaugurating a new chapter of independent broadcasting for the Liberec region at 11:00 a.m. sharp.
Czech Radio Olomouc. After three quarters of a century, the rent is over (2022-05-18) by Khalil BaalbakiCzech Radio
After three quarters of a century, the rent is over
For 73 years, Czech Radio Olomouc was based in a historic rental opposite the town hall. On 18 May 2022, it began broadcasting "from its own place" – after a demanding reconstruction, the regional station’s new permanent home is just a short distance away on Pavelčákova Street.
Czech Radio Olomouc. Building of the year 22 (2023-04-19) by David JahodaCzech Radio
Building of the year 2022
The new building of Czech Radio Olomouc won the prize in the Building of the Year 2022 competition for the Olomouc Region – the jury chose it as best in the Reconstruction and Renovation category. Architects from Atelier 38 in Opava created the award-winning structure.
Czech Radio Ostrava. A façade like the Prague Estates Theater (1932) by neznámýCzech Radio
A façade like the Prague Estates Theater
Czech Radio Ostrava broadcasts from a three-building complex in Dr. Šmerala Street. The most eye-catching is the splendid neoclassical corner house. Built in 1921, the building was designed by the Viennese architect Ernst Körner.
Czech Radio Ostrava. Nostalgic creaking (2018) by Ester HavlováCzech Radio
In 2009, the entrance staircase underwent a careful renovation, during which most components were custom made. The restorers even preserved the creaking of individual stair treads that several generations of radio operators fondly remember.
Radio on 15th century foundations
The unassuming Czech Radio building in the historic centre of Pardubice stands on a site that was one of the busiest in the Middle Ages. The house was part of the White Gate, which, together with the Green Gate, provided access to the fortified city.
Czech Radio Pardubice. Radio attic (2023-04-19) by Jan PtáčekCzech Radio
The building of Czech Radio’s regional station Pardubice is far from ordinary. The author of the renovation, architect Josef Panna, interestingly divided the space into three floors and, viewed from a distance, the staircases resemble a DNA helix.
Czech Radio Pilsen. The first tailor-made radio building (1947) by UnknownCzech Radio
The first tailor-made radio building
Czech Radio Pilsen is a unique example of 1940s architecture and one of the most important late functionalist buildings in Pilsen. A team of architects led by Karel Tausenau divided the project into three parts, built in stages between 1947 and 1956.
Soundproof recording spaces
While elsewhere the premises were adapted into studios, in Pilsen they were built explicitly for radio. The local "floating" studios are perfectly isolated from the rest of the building.
The 19th century fairy-tale palace in Ústí nad Labem
Czech Radio Ostrava acquired its headquarters in the post-war turbulent times after liberation. It began broadcasting from the neo-Renaissance villa of the displaced factory owner Wolfrum on 24 December 1945. It reached its heyday in the 1960s.
Czech Radio Usti nad Labem. Like a castle. Leave your slippers by the door (2018) by Martin SuchánekCzech Radio
Like a castle. Leave your slippers by the door
Wolfrum's villa was designed by prominent Viennese architects Hans Miksch and Julian Niedzielski. The interior space is characterised by decorative features, vaulted ceilings and ornate arches with reliefs above the doors.
The medieval residence of Jihlava maltsters
Full-fledged broadcasting from the Vysočina region started on 1 October 2002, after a radical reconstruction of the devastated second floor and attic of the Renaissance-architecture house on Masaryk Square. The project was the work of architect Vladimír Šenkýř.
Czech Radio Zlin. The Baťa brothers dispute (2018) by Martin SuchánekCzech Radio
The Baťa brothers dispute
The villa was built in 1926–1927 by the younger of the Baťa brothers, Jan Antonín. The elder Tomáš would not have agreed with the construction, so it was allegedly done in a hurry during his trip to America.
The Karfík fireplace
Later modifications to the villa were designed by V. Karfík, Zlín's most famous architect. In 1937, for example, a large hall with this fireplace was built on the ground floor. After 1951 the villa was adapted by architect V. Pavelka for the new owner – then Czechoslovak Radio.