Vladimir Machonin ( February 3, 1920 - January 12, 1990 ) was a Czech architect. He designed most of hi buildings with his wife Vera Machoninova (Kotva store in Prague, Thermal Hotel in Karlovy Vary, building of the Czechoslovak Embassy in Berlin). The most significant projects were created by Machonin in Alfa Studio in the late 1960s. The Machonins were part of the strong generation that began creating at the time of the waning historicism of Socialist Realism, and which from the mid 1950s was establishing intermittent contact with world events. It was the generation of architects which first acquired a solid professional background in its perfect command of the traditions of domestic building craft and, building on this, began to implement in its own work the artistic and engineering aspects of architecture. The search for a new architectural expression and for new construction and material approaches was symptomatic of this generation. A generation of strong engineer-architects.
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