DBK was at its time a revolutionary feat. In the era of relatively firm socialism, the Machonins, a married couple, managed to implement a lot of world architecture qualities into the building. Czech architects used to have a limited amount of access to study the trends in world architecture, however, the Machonins strived to understand them. DBK is a characteristic example of a building from the 1970s, which uses the best techniques and materials of the period.

Despite the fact that Machonins’ buildings have always been considered timeless, when it comes to department stores, we can observe a fast change that occurred in the last couple of decades. The whole principle of shopping seemed to have changed. Whilst contemporary shopping centres follow the tradition of markets (aisles lined with stalls), DBK or Kotva represented a rather large open space, which had a shared cash point by the exit for several sellers.

Visiting DBK will convince you that the second model also has its advantages and works even today. Interiors are brilliantly invented with an undulated bottom view of the atrium ceiling, super modern escalators (for that period) and very interestingly designed light access through facade. You will be impressed by its functionality, as well as visually.

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Spud. is an unconventional Prague city guide, that highlights its interesting spots and local businesses that are really worth visiting. With a Polaroid camera, we’re mapping four different areas: food and drinks, shops, workplaces of creative people and architecture. Spud. is focused on fresh places with unique atmosphere, cafés with the best coffee, shops with the finest goods, workshops and studios of the most skilled designers and architectural attractions with the greatest charm. Spud. is also mainly about people, who stand behind these projects. Without their invention and courage to fulfill their dreams Prague would be a much poorer place. That’s why we’re so grateful to all of them!
Tereza a Michal
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