Werkbund Baba estate You're out coordinates houses architects model 3D contacts Like Vojtěch Kerhart with the Řezáč House, Oldřich Starý also made his house design for Baba commissioned by Gustav Vaváček as a kind of economical Czech variation on the new objectivity. The house is characterised by its axiality and symmetry; the layout is repeated on both floors. The third floor is topped by a large sundeck at the expense of the living area. Oldřich Starý (*1884 Prague +1971 Prague) A pioneer of Czech functionalism, architect, theoretician, and teacher; he is one of the most prominent figures in Czech modern architecture of the interwar period, with its principles of “new architecture,” purity, truthfulness of form, and the belief that architecture is not an art but a “scientifically-based cultural task.” He soon became a harsh critic of excessive façade decoration. Bearing in mind Le Corbusier’s view of the house as a “machine for living,” he designed four houses in Baba (Heřman, Bouda, Vaváček, and Sutnar). He is the author of the palace building on Národní třída in Prague, which he designed for the Czechoslovak Werkbund in 1936, and he was also the Werkbund’s president from 1935. He also presided over the Architects’ Club and was the editor of the functionalist “Stavba” Magazine. He was a professor and later the rector of CTU in Prague. 1903-1909 studied architecture with Professors Josef Schulz and Jan Evangelista Koula at CTU in Prague 1912-1919 professor at the State Technical School in Pilsen 1913 founding member of the Architects’ Club 1920-1945 professor at the State Technical School in Prague 1920-1948 President of the Architects’ Club 1922-1939 editor-in-chief of the “Stavba” Magazine 1939-1971 editor-in-chief of the “Architektura” Magazine 1945-1970 professor of architecture at CTU in Prague 1948 Rector of CTU Significant Works 1928 house at the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Czechoslovakia, Brno 1929-1932 villas in Prague-Dejvice 1934-36 1932 houses of Iška and Ladislav Sutnar, František Heřman, Cyril Bouda and Karla and Gustav Vaváček, Baba, Prague-Dejvice 1934-1936 House of Art Industry on Národní třída in Prague (in cooperation with František Zelenka) 1935 villa in Prague-Braník Na Ostrohu 52, No. 1709 The House of Gustav and Karla Vaváček Architect: Oldřich Starý Builder: The MOK Company the Vaváček House now, 2020 the Vaváček House, original state (south-east corner) Owner Gustav Vaváček and Karla Vaváčková We know very little of Gustav Vaváček, who worked as a chief administrator for the Central Customs Office. He lived in the house with his wife Karla and three children.