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Weekend Getaway for Architecture Buffs

Published on August 07th, 2014 in Sights

  • Bauerova Vila (photo courtesy of Bauerova Vila)

  • Bauerova Vila (photo courtesy of Bauerova Vila)

  • Kitchen in Bauerova Vila (photo courtesy of www.cestyapamatky.cz)

  • Bedroom in Bauerova Vila (photo courtesy of www.cestyapamatky.cz)

  • Part of their cubist ceramic collection (photo courtesy of Bauerova Vila)

  • Bauerova Vila - Interior (photo courtesy of Bauerova Vila)

  • Gazebo on the grounds (photo courtesy of www.cestyapamatky.cz)

 

Along with Vlastislav Hofman, Josef Chochol and Pavel Janák, Josef Gočár is renowned for promoting the concept of architectural cubism. The Gočár-designed Bauerova Vila (c. 1912), one hour east of Prague, is a masterpiece of this style. The only cubist house outside of Prague by this famous architect, the villa is noteworthy not only for its thoughtful recent renovation, but also for its spectacular collections of cubist furniture, ceramics and glass – all of which are far more extensive, noteworthy and interesting then what you will find at the Museum of Czech Cubism in Prague. Although Bauerova Vila is somewhat difficult to get to, it’s definitely worth the effort if you’re a fan of cubism, furniture design or architecture. The trip can also be combined with a visit to Kutná Hora, a town renowned for its Gothic Church dating back to 1388, as well as a wholly unique ‘bone church’ called the Sedlec Ossuary.

 

note: If you have time for lunch or an overnight stay, I highly recommend Chateau Kotěra, formerly a private residence but now a hotel and restaurant, designed by the famous Czech architect Jan Kotěra in 1911–1913 (Josef Gočár was a student of Jan Kotěra). The property retains many of its original details, the bedrooms are all appointed with period furnishings, and the food is scrumptious.

 

 

Bauerova Vila Museum & Galerie

Libodřice 111, 280 02 Kolín

www.nck.cz/bauerova-vila

tel 602 188 419, 777 250 040

hours Tours by appointment only:  May–Sept: Tue– Fri 10:00–14:00; Sat & Sun: 10:00–16:00  Oct–Apr: Tue–Sun (reserve at least 1 day in advance)

entrance fee 400 CZK Adults; 200 CZK Children (maximum 8 people)

travel time 1 hour

 

I recommend either renting a car or hiring a driver for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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