Villa, named after its first owners, is the only piece of modern architecture in the Czech Republic that is listed as a UNESCO monument. This building made the Moravian metropolis famous among architects as well as the broader public.
You will be entranced by the atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s, when Czechoslovakia was the centre of Central European democracy, and Brno
, the second largest city of the young republic, was at the cutting edge of the modernist movement. Just imagine. Brightness and freshness permeate the entire society of the time and the seemingly simple appearance of functionalist buildings is the result of a clear vision and an elaborate concept. Ornament is considered a crime – new public and commercial building have a very subtle way of showing success. Brno Exhibition Centre becomes a meeting place for industry representatives from all over the world. The villas of the most influential families of Brno, built according to designs by famous architects as well as local creative minds, change the way of looking at housing architecture. Several times a week, cafés with live swing music are filled with guests dancing in the open space. The resting dancers are attended to by a waiter with a bow tie, who unobtrusively floats through the room. For many, this beautiful era of fun and prosperity unfortunately ended by a quick disillusionment in the late 1930s.
After more than half a century, Brno
is returning to the legacy of this golden era. It is, however, not only nostalgia that’s driving it – old buildings are swarming with new energy and an entirely new life. The cafés are once again abuzz with the guests’ excited conversations and the waiter with the bow tie is ready for your order.
Have you ever heard of the Moravian Manchester? It was the development of the textile industry in Brno and the rise of the rich entrepreneurs in this industry that contributed to Brno’s status as the cradle of functionalism. By the way, do you know how the family Löw-Beer, in which Greta Tugendhat had her roots, or the Stiassni family got rich? There is a unique guide to the monuments of Brno’s functionalism – the Brno Architecture Manual (http://www.bam.brno.cz/en/). Apart from the city’s architectural development, it also gives you an outline of its social and cultural background.