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Villa Tugendhat

 
photo:  (czechtourism.com)
 

The functionalistic Villa Tugendhat in Brno will be reopened to the public after two years of renovation and reconstruction. The restoration began early in 2010 and it should definitely be completed by the end of January 2012. The villa will be ceremoniously opened on 29 January 2012, and tourists and modern architecture enthusiasts will be able to visit the monument from 3 March 2012.

 
This last large-scale reconstruction of Villa Tugendhat (mapa) meant the biggest change in the appearance of this modern architectonic monument. The reconstruction process included renovating the building as well as the interiors and the garden. The first significant reconstruction of the villa took place from 1981 to 1985.

Villa Tugendhat is a unique example of interwar functionalistic architecture. The author of the project was the famous German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who designed the villa for Fritz Tugendhat, the owner of a textile factory in Brno, in 1928. The villa was built in two years, however the Tugendhat Family only lived in the house for eight years before they emigrated in fear of the Nazis and never came back. 

The villa was a revolutionary masterpiece in its time, in which van der Rohe successfully combined the highest-quality materials and modern technologies of the 20th century. Since July 1994, the villa has been administrated by the Brno City Museum and became accessible to the public. In August 1995, Villa Tugendhat was proclaimed a national culture monument and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 2001.

The treaty of the division of Czechoslovakia was, among other important events, signed in the villa in the summer of 1992.
 


 
Author: Ivana Jenerálová
 
Source: www.tugendhat.eu
 
Added: 25.02.2012
 
 
 

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