Golden Angel

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The Golden Angel (Czech: Zlatý And?l) is an administrative complex situated in Prague. The designer was French architect Jean Nouvel.<ref name=pp>Template:Cite web</ref>

The structure is located in the immediate vicinity of The Angel Crossroad (K?ižovatka And?l) which was named after The Golden Angel's Pharmacy (Lékárna U Zlatého And?la). The pharmacy as well as its symbol - gilded statue of angel - was demolished in 1980 to make a room for new subway station.


Nouvel started The Golden Angel project in 1994. The construction was launched five years later and the complex was completed in November 2000.<ref name=pp/> The exclusive investor of the building is the ING Real Estate company.


The Golden Angel is curve-shaped and edges are rounded. Technology of the layered facade allows to vary the building appearance during the daytime. Glassed facades bear passages from the writings of notable authors who had been creating in Prague: Ji?í Orten, Konstantin Biebl, Franz Kafka, Guillaume Apollinaire, Rainer Maria Rilke and Gustav Meyrink.

Picture of an Angel-protector, inspired by a Wim Wenders' film Wings of Desire, looks down upon the golden Angel crossroads, floating among clouds.

A unique technology has been developed for portraying clouds and the Angel. Graphics is printed on an advert foil and cut into millimetre-sized dots, which are sticked onto the facade in a density of 80,000/m2. Number of dots on the complex is reaching 150 millions; the printing and cutting process ran uninterruptedly for over 7 months.