Brno 1928The Contemporary Czechoslovakian Culture exhibition –
Nový Dům housing estate (Brno – Zabovřesky)
August 27th– October 31st

Nine Czechoslovakian architects collaborated on the project: Hugo Foltýn, Bohuslav Fuchs, Jaroslav Grunt, Jiři Kroha, Miroslav Putna, Jaroslav Syřiště, Jan Višek, Arnošt Wiesner (Brno) and Josef Štěpánek. The planning conception was authored by Bohuslav Fuchs and Jaroslav Grunt.
The complex comprised of sixteen model row and detached houses. The architects had to adhere to the following guidelines: no basement, the ground floor designed as an extremely functional “utility area”; the living space located on two upper floors; the flat roofs doubling as terraces. The specification also included fitted furnishings (furniture), standard windows and doors.
The housing estate was built under the auspices of the Werkbund’s Czech branch (Svaz československého dila) through the initiative of the building firm owned and operated by František Uherka and Čeňek Ruller: they also financed the project and acted as its main contractors.

The lot was a trapezoid horizontally dissected by a street and the individual houses were widely spaced along its perimeter. Following the Weissenhof example and according to new planning principles, the houses had free access to sunlight, air, and greenery.
From the very beginning, the exhibition houses met with vehement criticism, in particular Hugo Foltýn’s maisonette and the expensive detached houses of Jiři Kroha and Jaroslav Syřište. The exhibition generated considerable financial losses – only one house was rented out and not even one was sold. Despite this setback, the exhibition provided the incentive necessary for continued experimentation.