Wittal Villa

C042

A villa for the Jewish Wittal family grew on the steep slope of Pisárky according to a design by Heinrich Blum in 1932. Unlike his previous more traditional designs of villas in nearby Preslova Street, this structure is a manifestation of functionalism and an attempt at its organic conception.The bulk of this three-level structure consists of a simple block adjoined by the masses of the oval garden terrace and rectangular risalit. The architect placed the service facilities in the basement, the upper two stories comprise two nearly identical residential units accessible via a graceful spiral staircase.
Both apartments are divided into a service area facing the street and residential rooms overlooking the garden, including the glazed corner veranda. The large oval terrace is accessible from the apartment of the first floor; the top floor features a balcony. His attempt at organic work with the material is visible in the rounded shapes of the staircases and the entrance risalit as well as in the use of nautical details of round windows and ocean-liner railings. However, Blum did not succeed in setting the main residential area free from the orthogonal clutch of the rectangular floor plan.

Name
Wittal Villa

Date
1932

Architect
Heinrich Blum

Trail
Masaryk Quarter

Code
C042

Type
Residential house, villa

Address
Hroznová 93/39, (Pisárky), Brno, Střed

Public transport
Preslova (TROL 38)
Pisárky (TRAM 1,2,3,5,6,8,9,10,12)


GPS
49°11'49.194"N, 16°34'10.712"E

Literature
Jan Sedlák (ed.), Slavné brněnské vily, Praha 2006
Petr Pelčák, Ivan Wahla, Jan Sapák (eds.), Brněnští židovští architekti 1919-1939, Brno 2000


Sources
https://pamatkovykatalog.cz/vila-rodiny-wittalovych-18764413