Terraced houses on Lozíbky

D042

The terraced residential development on Lozíbky street in Husovice, named after the field path below Lozíbky hill (Läusshübel), can be traced back to the expansion of the north-western part of the district of Husovice in the first half of the 1920s. This also relates to the emergence of the labourers’ slum Písečňák (today’s Písečník, in German Sandstätte), which grew up on the northern part of the slope before 1929. It was near Písečník, in the valley below Lozíbky, that a new express railway line in the direction of Tišnov and Prague was built in the years between 1941 and 1945. This now forms the natural north-western border of Husovice. The construction of a ring road linking the districts of Černá Pole, Husovice, Lesná and Židenice, which began in the late 1960s and was not completed until the 1980s, led to the demolition of a large part of the slum and residential buildings on Lozíbky street. With the exception of a few family houses built in the inter-war period, the street’s current appearance is characterised by the residential houses built between the 1960s and 1980s.

 

The terraced houses were built in this period on the south side of the street and were set on a slope, offering their inhabitants a unique view of the whole district towards Brno centre. The houses are situated in two separate blocks ( 25–31c and 35a – 51). A constituent of this complex is a larger semi-detached house with a different frontage ( 33–35), whose appearance seems out of keeping with the terraced buildings around it. The authors of the designs for the houses were František Páleník and Ingeborg Páleníková. The construction was planned in two phases: 1964–1967 and 1965–1968. The row of nine family terraced houses situated on the western side (35a-51) built in the first phase of the residential housing development on Lozíbky was based on the designs drawn up by the Páleníks in 1964. The three-floor houses are set on a slope that runs down to the garden, onto which opens the residential part of the house via a basement entrance and balconies on the ground and first floors. The street-front facade is simple without a vestibule and the low tiled steps lead directly from the street up to the unprotected main entrance on the raised ground floor. The entrance to the garage is below the level of the street and behind it, in the basement, on the garden side of the house, there is a room with a small storage room off it. The street facade on the ground floor has a small square window from the kitchen, which adjoins a spacious living room with a balcony overlooking the garden. On the first floor, above the entrance, there is a narrow elongated bathroom window and, next to it, a large French window illuminating the bedroom, behind which is another room with its own balcony onto the garden. The original appearance of the exterior, combining hard red plaster and the wooden cladding of the garage entrance, has largely been preserved on the houses numbered 41 to 49.

 

The construction of the block of seven standardized family houses on the eastern side (25–31c) began in the development’s second phase of construction in 1967. The three-floor terraced houses were again built on gently sloping terrain. Each house opens onto the garden through a basement entrance and balconies on the raised ground floor and the first floor. The street frontage with the garage entrance hidden below street level gives a closed-in impression when compared to the garden facade. The main entrance to the house, which is, again, located on a raised ground floor, is accessed by a set of low steps, but is, this time, accentuated by a porch cover. The original appearance of this vestibule, which is formed by a brick lintel with built-in circular glass blocks, remains visible on three of the houses, numbered 29, 31, and 31a. The pleasantly spacious design was intended to accommodate the needs of a family of four or five. In the basement, there are utility rooms, namely, the garage, a cellar, a laundry room and a storage room. The residential area of ​​the house is formed by a hallway with staircase, a kitchen with an adjoining pantry, a bathroom and toilet, an enclosed alcove with dining area, a living room, and bedroom for parents on the ground floor. Upstairs, there are two children’s rooms with a toilet accessible from a spacious hallway and a study which has entrances to the bathroom and a storage room.

 

Several of the above-mentioned houses have undergone more recent renovations, in which the original windows have been replaced and where the material and colour of the facade has been changed due to the thermal insulation of buildings. Of the western row of terraced houses, the houses numbered 41 to 49 still retain their original character. The hard terracotta-coloured plaster on the ground and first floor is complemented by narrow grey strips around the simple wooden windows and doors. The individual terraced houses are separated from one other by a distinct grey plaster stripe that matches the brickwork of the low steps of the entrance. The bulk of these gradually inclining deep set of steps with their spacious entrance forms, on the one side, the edge of a small front yard garden and, on the other side, shelters the entrance to the garage, which is situated below the level of the street. The garage is accessible by wooden-clad doors that correspond to the colour of the wooden windows and doors. Of the eastern row, numbers 29 to 31a have retained their original exterior character. Their beige roughcast plaster facades with fine olive strips around the windows and doors are enhanced by the special feature of the covered entrance space on the raised ground floor. The simple masonry lintel for the cover of the main entrance to the house consists of a narrow brick wall inlaid with two rows of circular glass blocks and a subtle steel column, the colour of which is also repeated on the original metal door of the garage.

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Name
Terraced houses on Lozíbky

Date
1964 – 1971

Code
D042

Type
Residential house, villa

Address
Lozíbky 25–31c, Lozíbky 35a–51 , (Husovice), Brno, Sever

Public transport
Štefánikova čtvrť (BUS 53,81)

GPS
49°13'05.5"N 16°37'56.8"E