Werkbund Baba estate You're out coordinates houses architects model 3D contacts Pavel Janák designed the two-generation house for his friend and a great advocate of functionalism, Karel Dovolil. He made excellent use of the slope of the terrain when positioning the house facilities, investor’s office, and a small apartment for the caretaker. The roof of the separate garage also serves as a terrace connected to the balcony of the room. This terrace is connected to the garden by a steel staircase. The front façade facing the street has windows, unlike the other houses. Pavel Janák (*1882 Prague +1956 Prague) An architect, urban planner, designer of furniture and decorations, professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, and architectural theoretician. He studied technical studies in Prague at both the Czech and German schools, as well as at the Academy of Art in Vienna. He worked with Josef Gočár at Jan Kotěra’s studio. His works go through several distinct phases: his first period is consciously focused on modernism, then he becomes the leading representative of Czech cubism. He then goes through a period of national style only to end up being entirely devoted to functionalism. He was a long-standing president of the Czechoslovak Werkbund, the main initiator of the functionalist Baba estate, and the author of Baba’s urban plans. In the Baba estate, he designed the Dovolil House as well as his own house. 1899-1905 studied architecture at CTU in Prague 1902-1903 studied at the German Technical High School in Prague 1906-1907 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Otto Wagner 1907-1908 cooperated with the studio of Professor Jan Kotěra in Prague, study trips to Italy 1908 member of the Mánes Union of Fine Arts 1909-1910 employed in the Department of Construction of the Prague City Hall 1911 independent architect in Prague member of the Group of Fine Artists in Prague 1912 co-founder of the Prague Art Workshops (PUD) 1914-1918 military service 1919 state exam at the Czech Technical University in Prague 1921 Professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague member of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts 1924-1945 President of the Czechoslovak Werkbund (SČSD) 1935 corresponding member of the Moscow Academy of Architecture 1936-1956 architect of Prague Castle Significant Works 1909-1910 Hlávka’s Bridge in Prague 1911 Jakubec house, Jičín 1912-1913 reconstruction of Dr. Fára’s house, Pelhřimov 1913-1914 weir on the River Labe, Předměřice 1 1914 Villa Pick, Ljubljana 1922 crematorium, Pardubice 1922-1924 Riunione adriatica di Sicurta, Prague-Nové Město (with Josef Zasche) 1923-1924 artists’ colony (villas of J. Benda, B. Kafka, E. Filla and V. Beneš), Prague-Ořechovka 1924-1926 Škoda Palace, Prague-Nové Město Czech Autoclub building, Prague-Nové Město 1924-1928 Libeň Bridge, Prague 1925-1934 reconstruction and extension of the Czernin Palace, Prague-Hradčany 1927 airport, Mariánské Lázně 1927-1928 pavilion of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design at the Brno Exhibition Centre 1927-1929 block of cooperative houses, Prague-Dejvice 1929-1932 building plan of the Baba Housing Estate, Prague-Dejvice 1932 houses of Pavla and Václav Linda and Ing. Karel Dovolil and his own house, Baba, Prague-Dejvice Juliš Hotel, Prague-Nové Město Congregation of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, Prague-Vinohrady 1934-1935 villa with a studio for the sculptor Josef Mařatka, Prague-Střešovice 1948-1950 renovation of the Riding Hall, extension of garages and terraces, Prague Castle 1950 renovation of the Hall of Ball Games, Prague Castle Na Ostrohu 43, No. 1797 Ing. Karel Dovolil’s House Architect: Pavel Janák Builders: Václav Hlaváček and Václav Müller the Dovolil House now, 2020 the Dovolil House, original state (south view), 1933 Owner Karel Dovolil In 1932, Ing. Karel Dovolil (1899-1955) moved into his new home with his wife Jarmila and first daughter, also called Jarmila. His wife Jarmila was a bold and active woman for that time. To her, the functionalist-style window to the kitchen seemed to provide insufficient light, so despite Janák’s proposal, she negotiated with the workmen to enlarge the window, which surprised her husband when he came home from work. The famous architect was hurt by this purely practical female decision. In the Protectorate period, like many other Jewish residents of the villas, Karel Dovolil had to face bullying from his infamous neighbour in Baba, the Czech Nazi Bautz, but he was also forced to close down his engineering practice. He worked for his brother-in-law in his paper company until nationalisation. However, he was not allowed to continue in his line of business. He worked as a water manager at VODOTECHNA until his sudden death. His daughters Jarmila and Hana still live in this unique two-generation house in Baba today.