Brno boasts many famous architectural jewels as well as ‘diamonds in the rough’. Explore the gems that have graced this city over the last 100 years.
First, stop off at two Art Nouveau villas that are among the top works of their kind in the world. After Jurkovičova vila (the Jurkovič House) and the Löw-Beer Villa, take a look at several already legendary functionalist buildings: the Tugendhat Villa, the Stiassni Villa, the Avion Hotel, and the restored Zemanova kavárna (Zeman Café). Keep an eye out for the sacred buildings of Brno, among which Husův sbor (the Czechoslovak Hussite Church building) in Botanická Street and the Agudas Achim synagogue in Křenová Street stand out. The International Hotel was built in the post-functionalist style, boasting what is called a ‘Brussels-style’ interior. The building of Univerzita obrany (the University of Defence) is also worth checking out, as is the remarkable Moravská zemská knihovna (Moravian Library) right next to it. And tucked away near the city centre, you can find a passive house called Otevřená zahrada (the Open Gardens).
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The famous Brno villa is in the Černá pole neighbourhood
This villa tells the story of early 20th century society
A magnificent functionalist villa with a three-hectare garden
Jurkovič House (Jurkovičova vila)
An Art Nouveau villa, exceptional even on a global scale
This very narrow hotel is located in the heart of Brno
Zeman Café (Zemanova kavárna)
A turning point in the development of architecture in Brno
Open Gardens (Otevřená zahrada)
An educational garden and ecological construction trends
Moravian Library (Moravská zemská knihovna) – Architecture
A library with an outstanding interior and an excellent view
The hotel interior was designed in the ‘Brussels style’
Centrum Department Store (Obchodní dům Centrum)
The skyscraper that would never reach the clouds
Alfa pasáž (Alfa Passage)
A functionalist passage with the atmosphere of the First Republic.
Outstanding functionalist café in Brno’s Černá Pole
Savoy Café (Kavárna Savoy)
A still-prominent location in the café history of Brno
Moravian Bank / now Komerční Bank, (Moravská banka / Komerční banka)
A functionalist building located on náměstí Svobody
Military Academy / University of Defence (Vojenská akademie / Univerzita obrany)
This building is nicknamed rohlik (‘the curved roll’)
Hussite Church Building (Husův sbor)
Churches represent a specific category of functionalism in Brno
Agudas Achim Synagogue
Brno’s only preserved synagogue and in a functionalist style
Church of Blessed Mary Restituta
Brno’s newest church was built thanks to the financial donations of the faithful in the Lesná housing estate in Brno.
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