Mies van der Rohe's work in Brno was restored in frame of a European project and opened to the public. Following discussions with THICOM, the international restoration committee and the visit of the villa, events in Bucharest were organised and visited, such as a round table screening the film on the life of the villa and the restoration and the reception of the travelling exhibition.
Maria Bostenaru 2017 / CC BY
Villa Tugendhat, Brno
The villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic, is one of the most original works of star architect Mies van der Rohe. Its features are similar to the Barcelona Pavillion, but kept instead in their original substance. Also, it is the Eastermost work and the first work where a steel skeleton was employed in housing building.
The excusite plot on which the villa was to be erected, behind the Löw-Beer villa, the villa of Grete Tugendhat's parents, inspired Mies van der Rohe in the vertically layered landscape concept of the villa, from the garden to the view over the city. The garden, originally designed by Margaret
Roder-Müller was restored as well, and is visible in a separate tour. To the concept of the garden belong the wintergarden in the house and also the climbing plants on the terrace, renewed each year, but also the approach where trees hide parts of the building, such as the replanted willow.
In frame of the COST action TD1406 "Intelligent management of heritage buildings" discussions were conducted by the news author with Alex Dill from Karlsruhe, on the approach of the commission to restoration and on the German film about it. Subsequently the villa was visited (both in April 2016) and discussed with the team of the museum. In May 2016 a round table was organised at the home university of "Ion Mincu" on how early 20th century architecture conservation can be reflected in film. In June 2016, still open whole July, the travelling exhibition on the villa was invited by the Romanian chamber of architects, after a visit of its head to the villa, to Bucharest, which will increase the reception by the public to restoration of such examples where architects cooperated with landscape architects.
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.