A functionalist Czechoslovak Hussite church
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The Czechoslovak Hussite Church building in Brno is evidence of the search for a national identity after the end of World War I, referencing both the Czech reformation and the Hussite movement.
The Czechoslovak Hussite Church bought a building plot in Botanická Street from the city of Brno on the site of an old cemetery. The author of the design, architect Jan Víšek, made ample use of its sloping terrain. Stairs lead to the main courtyard, and the entrance to the church is located above street level in the side facade. Its smooth front facade is decorated only by a chalice placed above its simple portal. The congregation hall, with an elevated sanctuary, is located behind it. Other rooms and a tower built asymmetrically next to the street facade are accessible from the sanctuary. The street entrance opens into a basement with four columns and a social hall, which is located under the congregation hall and sanctuary. Initially, a stage and an orchestra pit with facilities for the performers were parts of this hall. In the entrance to the hall, there was originally a cloakroom, a snack bar, and a ticket office.
Currently, a restaurant and a billiard club are located in this basement.
Hussite Church Building
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