Mies' Czech Villa Opens to Public - Design Bureau
Villa Tugendhat; Photo: David Židlický

 

Mies’ Czech Villa Opens to Public

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

By John Dugan

The Villa of Greta and Fritz Tugendhat was completed in 1930 and designed by modernist master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Mies even conceived the Tugendhat chair and the Brno chair, still in production, especially for the project. The Tugendhats lived there until 1938 when they were forced to emigrate with their children and the house was later confiscated by the Nazis. Damaged during WWII, it was used for various purposes before being restored well enough that the signing of the documents that separated Czech Republic and Slovakia was done there in 1992. Now, an $8 million reconstruction of the historic building has been completed and it and its gardens have been returned to 1930 condition. Travelers can now tour the UNESCO Word Cultural Heritage site and its unusual utility rooms, but you will need reservations. tugendhat.eu

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