What should be a piece of prime real estate, a cultural center sitting next to the Eden shopping mall in Prague 10, has been sitting abandoned since 2004. The Prague 10 district has a new report on the condition of the building and is planning the next steps.
Kulturní dům Eden was built in 1980, shortly after the adjacent Vlasta housing project was completed. KD Eden featured a 291 seat cinema, 300 seat restaurant and main hall for 1,500 people. It was designed by architects Hana Pešková and Dalibor Peška.
After the Velvet Revolution, it was a popular venue for visiting music acts. Rammstein played there in 1995. Recently Rammstein was back in Prague, but a bigger venue: Eden Stadium across the street for two days.
Fifteen-year-old sign on KD Eden. via Raymond Johnston
Now, signs on the
front advertise a weekend disco, but that hasn’t taken place in a
decade and a half.
“I’m happy that we
have finally moved a step further in this not-so-positive story,”
View from inside KD Eden. via Koalice Vlasta / Facebook
“[The report] is
neither nice nor positive reading. Although the building itself does
not directly threaten anyone, it is impossible to allow concerts,
exhibitions or social events in it without major reconstruction,”
“But thanks to this report, we will finally be able to decide how to deal with KD Eden to best serve Prague 10. And, of course, we have to solve who pays for the whole thing,” he added.
Humplík has long
been concerned with the fate of the building, and say he saw his
first western rock concert there, the Young Gods. He ended his
Facebook comment with a riff on Neil Armstrong’s words from the
moon. “A small step for me, but a big leap for Prague 10,” he
said, adding a smiley emoticon.
Mosaic above the entry to KD Eden. via Raymond Johnston
He gave more details to public broadcaster Czech Television.
“There is bad
parking, it does not meet fire regulations, it leaks. There are
terrible heat leaks due to the connection of glass to metal. The
report speaks very brutally. Height parameters are low. The building
according to current standards is actually unrenovatable,” Humplík
told Czech Television.
A decision is likely
not to be reached until autumn. Many people would like to see it
restored, but the costs might outweigh the benefits. Repairs would
cost up to 500 million CZK. Demolition and building something new is
“But it also costs
money to tear it down. We don’t want to solve it by having offices
there. But we don’t want to make rash decisions. It will take a few
weeks, months,” Humplík said. Prague 10 Mayor Renata Chmelová
(Vlasta) also considers the fate of the building a priority.
include renovating it with the help of an outside investor, turning
the land into a new park linking the Eden shopping mall to the
adjacent paneláks, and making new offices for the
Prague 10 administration.