If you have already visited Villa Tugendhat and would like to discover other important buildings, we have some tips for you.
The Brno Architectural Trail project was created in cooperation between the City of Brno and the Brno House of Arts, thanks to the financial support of the European Regional Development Funds. Through a freely accessible internet database, a printed map and a publication, it provides all those interested in architecture with detailed information about Brno buildings built between 1918-1945. On the website www.bam.brno.cz, a database of 400 buildings is available for experts and the general public alike, with information on their exact address, GPS coordinates, public transport stops in the vicinity, or on their conservation and public accessibility.
The villa of Alfred Löw-Beer, Greta Tugendhat’s father, is located near Villa Tugendhat and thanks to a turnstile installed at the border of the gardens of both villas in 2020, it is possible to easily connect a visit to both buildings. In the villa itself, you can visit a permanent exhibition titled The World of the Brno Bourgeoisie Between Löw-Beer and Tugendhat, or a guided tour of the technical facilities of the villa. In the freely accessible garden of Villa Löw-Beer, you can also enjoy Café Löw-Beer or the Celnice exhibition space.
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The residential villa owned by architect and builder Josef Arnold was built in 1862 as the second house in the newly established villa colony in Černá Pole on the slope above the Lužánky park on today’s Drobného Street No. 26 (formerly Huttergasse 38).
The Arnold Villa is currently undergoing renovation, which will be completed in 2024. This renovation is financed by the EEA and Norway Grants.
The villa was designed in 1927 by architect Ernst Wiesner for the prominent Brno manufacturer Alfred Stiassny and his wife Hermine. The Stiassni family was only able to use the building on a large plot of land in the Pisárky district of Brno until the year when they were forced to emigrate from Czechoslovakia before the Nazi invasion. Since 1946, Villa Stiassni was known as the “Government Villa”, today it is one of the sites managed by the National Heritage Institute and in addition to tours, you can visit the villa during various accompanying programmes.
The residential villa of architect Dušan Samo Jurkovič was built in 1906 on the edge of today’s Wilson’s Forest in Brno’s Žabovřesky district. After its completion, the architect opened the house to the public on the occasion of the Dušan Jurkovič exhibition of his Architecture and Art. Jurkovič lived in the house with his wife and three sons until 1919. Today the arts and crafts-inspired villa is part of the Moravian Gallery and is open to the public. You can visit not only the classic tour, but also a number of accompanying activities.
The view from the main living area of Villa Tugendhat would not be complete without Špilberk Castle. This historical site, like Villa Tugendhat and Arnold Villa, is part of the Brno City Museum, which has its headquarters here. As part of the rich offer of exhibitions and other events for the public, you can also visit the For the New Brno exhibition, which presents Brno architecture from 1919-1939.
The Iconic Houses website has made life easier for all fans of 20th century modernist architecture. With its handy map interface, it shows dozens of important modern houses around the world – all open to visitors and some even allowing guests to stay overnight. It’s therefore a great checklist for planning your next trip to a country or city.