Prague – To be seen and not just heard: it makes perfect sense that a public radio broadcaster seeking to broaden its range and modernize should want to physically open its programming up to its audience. Czech Radio (Český rozhlas) briefed CMC Architects to create a porous café on the ground floor of its Prague headquarters to do so. Radiocafé Vinohradská 12 is a 150-sq-m space for face-to-face community-building, a place that enables locals to engage with the radio broadcasting they hear every day.
The oldest broadcaster in continental Europe, Czech Radio has a storied history. Its headquarters –a Functionalist building built between 1929 and 1932 by architect Bohumil Sláma – was bombed and partially destroyed during World War II. As a result, the listed cultural monument has since been extensively reconstructed. Undeniably, radio’s place in culture has changed dramatically in the course of the building’s existence and architectural evolution. As a result, the space where it’s spoken into existence needs to functionally develop too.