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Bata Footwear Headquarters

Zlin, Czech Republic

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 Bata Footwear Headquarters
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An office in the elevator...
former headquarters of the Bata Footwear Company in Zlin, Czech Republic
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 Bata Footwear Headquarters
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Quite a large platform...
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 Bata Footwear Headquarters
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...even a sink?
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 Bata Footwear Headquarters
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You can see the upper portion of the "office" through the hoistway windows...
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The office elevator is located in this corner of the building...
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From an article entitled Design for Living in Zlin, Czech Republic
in The New York Times - Travel Magazine...
By William Shaw   Published: March 25, 2007

"Building No. 21, once the Bata companyís head office, is Zlinís most impressive structure, and it stands, appropriately, in the center of town. Although the 17-story office block may be modest by American standards, when erected in 1939 it was one of the tallest in Europe. It was designed by Vladimir Karfik, a Zlin architect who had worked with both Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. (Tomas Bata himself never saw it. He was killed in a plane crash in 1932.) Today the ground floor and roof terrace are open to the public. This elevator wasnít just a way of getting to the next floor...it was designed as the mobile office, complete with desk and phone, of Tomasís half brother Jan Bata, who took over the company after Tomasís death."

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 Bata Footwear Headquarters
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I was curious about the design of the position indicator and the reason
for the apparent blank spot below the numbers 14, 15, and 16.
After increasing the size of the image I could see the word "NEVSTUPUJ".
This is similar to the word "NEVSTUPOVAT" seen on the sign hanging across the car entrance.
I did an internet search and I believe it means something like "Keep Out" or "Do Not Enter"
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