When the Prior department store opened in November 1968 on what was then Kiev Square in Bratislava, it was a shock to many. And not just because it was the first modern escalator department store.
At a time of shortage of goods they were waiting for it to open hundreds of people. In the first day alone, 5.4 million Czechoslovak crowns turned in cash registers. It was the largest department store in Slovakia at the time, and also the largest complex in Bratislava since the end of World War II.
Its author was Ivan Matušík, who belonged to the first generation of authors who received their education in Bratislava. He was thirty years old when he won the competition for a department store and hotel project. And in front of it a number of other large public buildings, which today experts advise to the peaks of late modernism in Slovakia.
His work is closed. Ivan Matušík died at the age of 91, report brought Archinfo portal. He left as one of the last stars of modern Slovak architecture.
He was not afraid of world trends
However, the Prior department store with the Kiev hotel on today’s Kamenný náměstí was not the first building that Ivan Matušík burned down. This happened a few years before in Bratislava’s New Town.
“Matušík was the first to cause a sensation after the Sorely period, simply with a modern and very current work –