Main living room (2nd floor); onyx partition wall encased in chip boards, 2010, photograph: David Židlický
PIANO MOVED OUT OF THE VILLA
The PETROF make piano was moved out of the main living area of Villa Tugendhat on Thursday the 4th of February 2010. Over the course of the monument renewal the instrument will be lent to the music department of the Jiří Mahen Library in Brno and will be placed within the Klein Palace on náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square).
VILLA TUGENDHAT HANDED OVER TO THE COMPANY UNISTAV a. s.
On the 8th of February 2010 the official handing over of Villa Tugendhat to the building contractors took place, these being the Unistav a. s. company. The superintendent Ing. Michal Malásek was given the keys to the building and with this, the realization phase of the monument renewal of Villa Tugendhat was thereby initiated.
CLEANING OUT THE MAIN LIVING AREA
The main living area of the Villa was cleaned out on Thursday the 11th of February 2010. A copy of the Female Torso by Wilhelm Lehmbruck has been stored in the depositaries of the Moravian Gallery in Brno. Copies of the original furnishing including the carpets are also stored in the depositaries of the Brno City Museum at Špilberk Castle. The onyx wall was wrapped in geotextile and a casing construction from wooden plates. The steel supporting columns in the main living area as well as in the spaces of the prep room and kitchen were also wrapped in geotextile.
COMMENCEMENT OF GEOMONITORING
On Monday, 22nd February 2010, a drilling rig was transported to the garden of Villa Tugendhat by means of two cranes to perform hydrogeological boreholes. The monitoring inside and outside the house was launched by setting and fixing fixed measurement points and a comparative measurement was conducted, which will be followed by checking measurements in regular time intervals throughout the monument renovation, and even after its completion. Pairs of measurement points were fitted to the house façade and a comparative measurement was conducted, which will continue on a regular basis. The hydrogeological monitoring boreholes were drilled in the garden and the road in front of the house in order to enable soil and water sampling. The measurement and monitoring will continue also in these boreholes.
The unauthentic furnishing was dismantled, unauthentic PVC floor coverings in the basement were removed and unoriginal tiles and pavement were removed, including the screed floor cover.
In the second half of February, the site accommodation was installed – installation of cabins, fencing, installation of site service network of sanitary-technical installations, wiring, weak current lines.