Marshmallow Building to Hit Old Town

Despite recent protests, controversial project receives go-ahead from the city

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 18.06.2015 10:40:44 (updated on 18.06.2015) Reading time: 1 minute

It looks like something that might have been built in Minecraft, but the controversial project that has been nicknamed “Maršmeloun” (or, “Marshmallow Building”) has received a permit to begin construction, reports Novinky.cz.

One thing: the colors will be different according to the permits, meaning instead of the pastel pinks in the visualizations the project will use a color scheme more appropriate with the grey and beige buildings in the vicinity.

Individual units of the construction have the appearance of their own self-contained blocks, while the unusual window design gives them a “smile” effect.

The building, intended to be used for residential purposes, is set to go up on U Milosrdných, close to the Convent of St. Agnes.

The National Gallery, which operates St. Agnes, has objected to the new project.

They aren’t the only ones. Earlier this year, demonstrations against the building saw protestors wearing pink block-shaped masks. Pictures of the protest, along with requests from the protestors, can be seen here.

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But the city of Prague 1 declared there was no legal reason to appeal the project

The building was designed by the local firm Fránek Architects. Architect Zdeněk Fránek claims the project was never intended to be pink, meaning that visualizations of the building that have been widely spread throughout the local media are fakes, according to the Novinky.cz article.

Some more examples of Fránek Architects’ unusual designs can be seen at the company’s website

Visualization: Fránek Architects
Visualization: Fránek Architects

Visualization: Fránek Architects (View from St. Agnes)
Visualization: Fránek Architects (View from St. Agnes)

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