The Maj building, home to the Tesco shopping center, is to some an unattractive, run down department store, but to others, it is a piece of architectural history that absolutely cannot be demolished. It must, in fact, be preserved. Designed in the 70s, it is an important example of late 20th century Brutalism combined with the High Tech style. Brutalism is an architectural style characterized by boxy shapes, repetition and regularity, and the highlighting of unexpected elements. The Maj building is an interesting mix of different details with its glass section, grid facade, clean sleek lines and strong columns. Designed by the famous Czech Architect Martin Rajnis in his youth, the Maj building was declared a cultural monument in 2006.
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