The Headquarters of the Bata Shoe Company until World War II was in Zlin, Czechoslovakia. This is the town where Tomas Bata set up his business in 1894, by the 1920's he had built not only a vast factory complex but also housing for the workers. The architecture of Zlin is of the Modernist Style and was designed by some of the top Architects of the day, Karfik and Gahura being two of them. The General design layout was then used for other Bata Communities around the world.
the large building in the centre of the picture is the Hotel, the white building in front of it the Cinema.
Hotel and Shop in 1936
The first moving office recorded in Zlin, 1936.
Motor truck for moving heavy equipment
21 Building, when built this was the tallest building in Europe
Below are some pictures of Zlin taken in 2006.