The Myslbek Shopping Gallery links the busy Na Příkopě street with the Ovocný trh square, serving as a connection between Prague's New and Old Towns. A stainless steel gate weighing eight tonnes dominates the Na Příkopě facade. The gate's two enormous wings slowly open every morning and close after hours. As you emerge on the other end of the arcade, you walk outside from underneath bronze heads authored by the Czech sculptor Karel Nepraš. The heads point in various directions, symbolising crowds of shoppers. A light-filled circular space in the middle of the arcade invites you to sit in the surrounding restaurants (Sushi Umami, Pizza Coloseum) or admire a unique work of art: the largest glass installation in Central Europe designed by Maxim Velčovský, the renowned Czech designer, and constructed by the Lasvit company. The impressive sculpture made of hand-blown glass represents a crystal vortex. It is the arcade's gift to itself for its twentieth anniversary.
In addition to well-known brands such as H&M and Next, Myslbek offers the exclusive collections by List, T.M. Lewin, Guess by Marciano, Pepe Jeans, Gant and Calvin Klein Underwear. Besides fashion, you can treat yourselves to Korres, the natural cosmetics brand, and Bibelot, luxury stationery. Art lovers will surely appreciate Yellow Korner, the newly opened gallery with limited photography editions.
The asset manager of the building is AEW Europe (www.aeweurope.com).
Property management is provided by BNP Paribas Real Estate Czech Republic.
The Myslbek Palace carries the name of one of the most outstanding Czech sculptors, Josef Václav Myslbek.
Until 1926, the Czech Union Bank had its seat there. It later decided to demolish the building and open a competition for a new one. The project included an expansion of the lot to the Ovocný trh square, which meant five houses had to be sacrificed. However, the new house was never built and, in the end, the bank sold the empty lot. In the 1930s, the Myslbek Society of Visual Artists erected their pavilion in the freed up space, showcasing exhibitions of their art as well as the works of Myslbek himself. The pavilion saw its end in the 1950s, giving way to a park linking the tranquil Ovocný trh square to the lively Na Příkopě street.
During the building of the metro and the remodelling of the Estates Theatre, the park served as a construction site. In the course of the following decades, the municipality repeatedly pondered over what to do with the largest and most expensive lot in the centre of Prague. In this sense, the space served as a "practice lot" for several generations of architects. The last competition was won by the French finance company CDC, which started construction in 1995. The building was inaugurated in November 1996. Today, Myslbek houses office space as well as shops: www.myslbek.com.
Na Příkopě 19-21, Ovocný trh 8
Praha 1 - 110 00
|Gallery||08.30 - 22.00||Stores||09.00 - 20.00|
|Sunday||10.00 - 19.00|
Můstek - line B (yellow) or A (green)
Náměstí republiky - line B (yellow)
Wenceslas Square - linka 3, 9, 14, 24
Náměstí republiky - linka 8, 14, 26