The charm of Brno’s architecture, especially it’s Functionalist architecture, has been drawing visitors to this Central European city for years. It’s no secret to lovers of architecture and design that this mecca showcases an array of remarkable houses and villas built during the inter-war period, most notably the Villa Tugendhat. Sadly during WWII and after, the majority of these structures were neglected and misused. Fortunately, some of the best examples of Functionalism in Brno have been restored, however, there are still a few in need of restoration. Brno’s array of architecture, of course, boasts shining examples from all eras, starting with early Gothic structures and ending with today’s current architectural trends.

Tugendhat Villa

The Tugendhat Villa, a marvel and masterpiece of modern architecture is located in the Moravian city of Brno. This iconic villa, designed by famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was built between the years of 1928 – 1930 for the couple Fritz and Greta Tugendhat. The villa was constructed from an iron framework that enabled the residential str...

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Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul

Situated on Petrov Hill the dramatic Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul is the iconic symbol of the city of Brno. This gorgeous national cultural monument is one of the most important structures in South Moravia; featuring 84 meter high imposing towers it is truly an unforgettable sight. Originally on the site of the current cathedral there was a...

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Špilberk Castle

Dating back to the 13th century, Brno's Špilberk Castle sits perched atop a hill, overlooking the city below. This old fortress was completed by King Přemysl Otakar II. of Bohemia as the seat of the Moravian military governors in the middle of the 14th century. Dominating the skyline of the city of Brno for centuries, this old fortress has a deep d...

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Stiassny Villa

Located in Brno is the Stiassny Villa, yet another marvel of Functionalist style architecture in this intriguing city. The villa, designed by architect Ernst Wiesner in 1927, is a great example of the simple sleek beauty of Functionalism. Created for textile industrialist Alfred Stiassny and his wife Hermine, the spacious L-shaped villa sits on a l...

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Moravian Bank

Erected from 1928 -1930 on Náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square) in the Moravian city of Brno, the Moravská banka (Moravian Bank) is a great example of the pure sleek style of Functionalism. Created by architects Bohuslav Fuchs and Ernst Wiesner, this reinforced concrete structure is divided vertically into several different functional zones: undergroun...

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Hotel Avion

Situated in the center of the lovely city of Brno is the historic Hotel Avion. This gem of Functionalist architecture is intriguing due to it's sleek modern design, as well as the fact that it is a very narrow building – it was constructed on land with a frontage of only 8 meters. The Hotel Avion was designed by architect Bohuslav Fuchs (1895 – 197...

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