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The following villas are already in the set:

# 01: Josef Fuchs @ House Munk [1932]
# 02: František Kerhart @ House Peřina [1933]
# 03: Vojtěch Kerhart @ House Řezáč [1932]
# 08: Oldřich Starý @ House Bouda [1932]
# 09: František Kerhart @ House Košťál [1933–34]
# 12: František Kavalír @ House Letošník [1932]
# 14: Ladislav Žák @ House Čeněk [1931–32]
# 15: František Zelenka @ House Zadák [1934]
# 16: Zdeněk Blažek @ House Lužná [1932]
# 21: Josef Gočár @ House Glücklich [1933-1934]
# 23: Ladislav Zak @ House Herain
# 24: Hana Kuçerová-Záveská @ House Balling [1930-1931]
# 25: Oldrich Stary @ House Hefman
# 26: Mart Stam + Jiri Palicka @ Palicka Villa [1929-1932]
# 27: Ladislav Machoň @ House Spisek [1932]
# 29: Oldrich Stary @ House Sutnar [1932]
# 31: Josef Gočár @ House Kytlica [1932-1933]

The following will be not in the set - which makes me angry about myself - for some reason i can't remember i did not take images from these ones or let's face it again: i didn't know anything about this colony when i arrived. everything i am talking about here came later on.....

#32 from Josef Gocar (actually from the most famous architect besides Mart Stam here - and to make it even more worse: one of the 4 houses in the absolute original condition!)

# 20 from J. Kerhart (same!!!! also original condition and no image! what the hell was going on with me.........?)

#18 from V. Kerhart (just a bit to see next on House # 19.......a cube)

#17: from J. Koula (too much green in the foreground)


more will follow!







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The Baba Estate of the Czechoslovak Werkbund 1928-1940


Before I will start in the next days my excursion through this colony i will like to give a small introduction.
this makes sense also regarding that this colony is not as much famous as stuttgart or others dating from the same period of time.

After I found out by myself the right number to the right house and architect (i do not have a book about the colony and at the moment, it's kind of hard to get one - out of print), i will write these datas here in the image of the masterplan.
For sure i do not have for every house an image - some of them were just hardly to see on a slope, trees around and so on and most important:
I had no plan about the colony once I arrived here. It means: Around the colony are (extension of the 3 streets) similar functionalism houses which i was thinking they are part of Baba.
And till now i do not know if these villas having something to do with Baba in terms of an extension.
Therefore you will find in this set also some other interesting project which are at first place not part of the original masterplan.
..... . The weather conditions: cloudy.



First day in Prague and i got the sudden idea to have a walk to this one and i was really amazed.

This colony of exhibition housing unlike stuttgart and vienna estates was not municipally financed. private builders who were members of the czechoslovak werkbund chose architects from among the werkbund members.
the only exception was the dutchman mart stam.
the original idea to build typicized detached and row houses was not accepted by the clients who insisted on an individuell approach.
so this colony was built not with HOUSES ON MANIFESTOS but with houses as products of normal dialogue between the architect and the client.
that is why one finds here various forms of individual housing but no means models of communal residence. family houses with one flat, 2 different or the same flats or single family houses with a studio were bult.

masterplan design by : PAVEL JANAK

3 different street levels. houses standing in a chess pattern therefore EACH house looking to the south complete freely - an amazing view to old prague.

Who was Pavel Janak?

Janák studied with Otto Wagner in Vienna between 1906 and 1908, and worked in Prague under Jan Kotěra. In 1911, with the publication of an article The Prism and The Pyramid advocating dynamic architectural compositions and destabilizing traditional right-angled building, Janák became the leading theoretician of Czech Cubism. Of the 4 Czech cubists—Hofmann, Janák, Josef Chochol and Josef Gočár -- Janák probably built less and theorized more except the even more theoretical V. Hofmann. Still, his 1913 Fara House in Pelhřimov is a key work in that style.

After 1918 Janák and Gočár developed Cubism into Czech Rondocubism, with decoration taken from folk and nationalist themes, and then subsequently into a purer functionalism. His 1925 Palace Adria is an unusually late example of integrated sculpture. As the chairman of the Czechoslovak Werkbund he drew up the master plan for the 1932 Baba Werkbund Housing Estate, the last of the European housing exhibitions, and also designed 3 of its 32 houses.


Pavel Janak was also associated with the functionalist housing project in Prague known as Baba. Baba, was the "Werkbond" inspired housing estate located on the outskirts of Prague. Pavel Janak was in charge of selecting the architects that would be involved.

the conditions of most of them are brilliant\ very good.

let's start..........
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