Werkbund Baba estate You're out coordinates houses architects model 3D contacts Jan Evangelista Koula designed a space-efficient house for the publisher Václav Poláček and his wife, which, however, looks very spacious. Its charm lies in its symmetry and clear layout. The two-floor construction is topped with a roof terrace with a typically nautical railing without any additional rooms. The window frames were not wooden, but were among the few which were made of steel. The house was progressive in its use of hot-air heating. Jan Evangelista Koula (*1896 Prague +1975 Prague) An architect, furniture designer, historian, modern architectural theoretician, designer, teacher, and editor of the “Stavba” Magazine. He was a professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and, between 1947 and 1970, also at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Besides a house in Baba for the publisher Václav Poláček, he also authored a number of unique publications on modern architecture, such as Obytný dům. 1915-1921 studied architecture at CTU in Prague 1924-1928 cooperation with the architectural studio of Oldřich Tyl 1928-1940 independent architect in Prague 1942-1945 professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague 1945-1970 professor at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava Significant Works 1928 the editor Šalda’s villa, Prague-Smíchov 1932 house of Marie and Václav Poláček, Baba, Prague-Dejvice 1933 summer villa, Lipany 1939 reconstruction of Jan Koula’s villa, Prague-Bubeneč Na Babě 12, No. 1803 The House of Marie and Václav Poláček Architect: Jan Evangelista Koula Builders: Karel and Jaroslav Hannauer the Poláček House now, 2020 the Poláček House, original state (north façade facing the street) Owner Václav Poláček The founder of one of the most important interwar publishing houses, “Družstevní práce”, Václav Poláček (1898-1969), was its director until 1934. In cooperation with the Czechoslovak Werkbund, he published the “Žijeme” magazine, which focused on architecture and housing culture. From 1937, he ran the Topič bookstore and salon, which he had to leave under pressure from the Nazi regime in 1942. He ran a Prague publishing house focused on art and historical publications from his home in Baba until its nationalisation in 1949. The house currently serves as a film location for period films thanks to its well-preserved interiors. The current owners show their patriotism by hoisting the Czech flag on the outside of the house on anniversaries of key historical events, which has always been a tendency in Baba according to the period photographs.