The most valuable and most preserved of all Pilsen realizations which were designed by Adolf Loos is the house designed for the family of Jan Brummel at 58 Husova Street. Jan Brummel traded with construction lumber. Originally an architecturally average house with a façade in the style of Romantic Historicism from the late 19th century was radically rebuilt based on the Loos' design in 1927-1929. The exterior appearance of the original house was completely changed when Loos removed all decorative elements off the façade and he hid the single-pitched roof behind a high attic. On the west side of the house, he joined to the house a vertical extension. In this way, the object gained an unmistakable form of progressive and modern architecture.

 

However, the most valuable part of his design is located inside the house. On the first floor of the house, there is a unique two-generation apartment for Jan and Jana Brummel and for Jana's mother, Hedvika Liebstein. The apartment features a perfectly thought-out interior layout. Both parts of the apartment, for the young Brummels as well as for Mrs. Hedvika Liebstein, can work independently or they can be interconnected via a common dining room. The individual rooms are equipped with unique built-in furniture, and there is a characteristic axial symmetry which is so typical of Adolf Loos and his designs. The symmetry of the rooms enhances the continuous view of the adjoining rooms. The interiors of the apartment have been preserved almost in its complete condition including the unique and rare collection of original free-standing furniture designed by Adolf Loos which has not been preserved in other interiors.

 

In the individual rooms, we can admire sophisticated combinations of different materials and coloured surface finishes, such as in Jan and Jana Brummel’s living room with oak wood cladding and an impressive concrete replica of a Renaissance fireplace that was supposed to distract the  residents and visitors of the apartment from the windows which only provided view of the unsightly industrial surroundings of the house. The same function was played by a large wall painting by Austrian painter Robert Aigner with motifs of Italian landscape on the wall of the dining room, where the built-in furniture and wall cladding are made of root wood of the Canadian poplar tree. Visitors have the unique opportunity to visit the entire apartment including the bathroom, bedrooms and the extravagant yellow room of Hedvika Liebstein.

 

The project of reconstruction of the Brummels’ house was created by a team led by Professor architect Václav Girsa.

 

Adolf Loos, 58 Husova Street, Pilsen

Other interiors

B10 10 Bendova Street
K12 12 Klatovska Street
H58 58 Husova Street
K110 110 Klatovska Street
K19 19 Klatovska Street
P6 6 Placheho Street
K140 140 Klatovska Street
NR22 22 Republic Square
  • B10

    10 Bendova Street
    The Apartment of Kraus Family

    Accessible
    Part of the Guided Tour 1

  • K12

    12 Klatovska Street
    The Apartment of Doctor Vogl

    Accessible
    Part of the Guided Tour 1

  • H58

    58 Husova Street
    The Brummel House

    Accessible
    Part of the Guided Tour 2

  • K110

    110 Klatovska Street
    The Semler House

    Temporarily closed

  • P6

    6 Placheho Street
    Richard Hirsch's Apartment

    The apartment is accessible
    only occasionally.

  • K19

    19 Klatovska Street
    Hugo Semler's Apartment

    The apartment is accessible
    only occasionally.

  • K140

    140 Klatovska Street
    Leo Brummel's Apartment

    The apartment is not accessible
    for public.

  • NR22

    22 Republic Square
    Weiner's Apartment

    The apartment is not accessible
    for public.