Martin Rudiš


Martin Rudiš studied at the Brno Faculty of Architecture under Professor Alois Novotný, and started to work for the BVV company in 1983. In 1986–1990 he was active in Stavoprojekt Brno. Martin Rudiš follows in the footsteps of his father, architect Viktor Rudiš. From 1989 they worked together in the Rudiš+Rudiš studio producing a large number of joint designs; Martin Rudiš took over the studio in 2003. In the Brno exhibition centre they collaborated, for example, on the design of the Holiday Inn hotel (1992) and on the renovation and reconstruction of Pavilion G (1996), awarded the Grand Prix of the Architects’ Community. In 2003 Martin Rudiš followed these designs with his own project, Pavilion F, featuring a functional horizontal steel frame. Its architecture respects the surrounding landmarks, pavilions G and V, and an important part in it is played by changing daylight.

In addition, Martin Rudiš picked up the threads of his father’s work in the area of the construction of apartment blocks. In 2001 he added another block to a residential complex in Litomyšl where he had designed the first building with his father as early as 1997. The continuity with the initial building lies in the use of wooden elements. Near the Lesná housing estate in Brno, in the design of which his father had participated, Martin Rudiš designed in 2009 three fourteen-floor Orion residential towers including civic facilities. Commissions for private villas involved the use of luxury materials, yet the buildings are still marked by the architect’s typical austere style. The villa of Jaromír and Jiřina Brokeš in Litomyšl (2000) has a fair-faced masonry facade contrasting with window frames in black polish. Inset balconies are another trademark “Rudiš-esque” feature. In the design for the Na Krutci residential complex in Prague from 2008 the architect addressed the issue of privacy, achieving it through the layout of the blocks on an L-shaped plan; they are separated from the surrounding area with a hedge on the two remaining sides, thus making up a closed atrium. A new type of commission for the architect was the reconstruction and completion of the Brno Observatory and Planetarium. Through the addition of large glazed sections, the completion established an optical link between the blue-white interior and the surrounding park.