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Bata's Skyscraper, Zlin

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Baťa's Skyscraper, also known as Building No. 21, is a skyscraper in Zlín, Czech Republic. It is 77.5 metres high and has sixteen floors. It was the administration building of the Bata Shoes factory, a company that was based in the city. Now it is headquarters of the Zlín Region.

This building was one of the first high-rise buildings to be constructed in Europe: it was the third-tallest pre-war skyscraper after Madrid's Telefónica Building and Antwerp's Boerentoren. The building is in the style of Constructivist architecture, designed by Vladimír Karfík. It was built between 1936 and 1938 at the direction of company president Jan Antonín Baťa, who took over following the death of his half-brother Tomáš Baťa.

Originally, the administration offices were to be concentrated in three interconnected three-story buildings. Architect Karfík suggested the design of a high-rise building and eventually got Jan Antonín Baťa's support for his idea.
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  • If you are in the Zlin area as a tourist, then you might want to check out Bata's Skyscraper, otherwise known as Building 21. The biggest feature to this building is Bata's own office, which is...  more »
  • Built between 1936 and 1938 this building is still in use today.Originally constructed to serve as Bata's administrative building in Zlin it now serves as the headquarters of the Zlin region.In the.....  more »
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