Friday, 26 June 2015

View the interiors of Loos

Adolf Loos, that is. The architect. Guided tours of three properties he designed in the Czech Republic city of Pilsen are now available. With more than a tinge of sadness, as it was for Pilsen’s eventually doomed Jewish community that he did much if his work after moving there from Vienna in 1907. 
The Brummel House


The tours sound riveting. Loos was a revolutionary who promoted the idea of clean lines and uncluttered surfaces as a reaction to the fussiness of much 19th and early 20th century design. The former apartment of the Kraus family on Bendova Street has a salon and dining room with glass clad walls that provided multiple reflections of guests. Dr. Josef  Vogel’s apartment on Klatovska Street has been refitted with exact replicas of his family’s furniture. And most spectacular is the Brummel house on Husova Street, converted and extended in its entirety by Loos and containing the original furniture he designed. 

Tours in English take place once a day on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets can be bought at the Tourist Information Centre on the Republic Square.  Tickers for a tour of the first two apartments described above cost around £6 or £4.50 for seniors. Brummel house tours cost about £10 or £8 respectively. 

Because they involve getting to upper storeys the tours are not suitable for travellers with limited mobility.

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