Bold Understatement

The multifunctional building in the Brno South Centre development area represents the creative resetting of diverse modernist designs into a contemporary complex, characterised by the extraordinary quality of detail, materials and craftsmanship.

Photo: Bořivoj Čapák

Photo: Bořivoj Čapák

Photo: Bořivoj Čapák

Photo: Bořivoj Čapák

Tomáš Rusín and Ivan Wahla are two of the most visible architects of the contemporary middle generation, those who studied in the 1980’s and energetically entered professional life soon after the “Velvet Revolution” of 1989. Aside from the very beginning of their working career, they were faced with the task of rehabilitating the architectural profession as a creative freelance vocation, and restoring the full range of competencies that had been removed in the centrally managed socialist system. In their search for patterns for their own practise, they naturally turned to contemporary architecture in Western Europe and around the world, but no less to the rich reservoir of modern architecture of interwar Czechoslovakia. Rusín and Wahla, like their colleagues from the Obecní dům collective of young Brno architects, were able to rely on the extraordinary heritage of modern architecture in their city, which in the first half of the 20th century was a place with a distinct architectural culture. This situation was aptly described in the first monograph about their offices by Judith Solt: “Like many of their generation, they found true university in the streets, literally speaking. Their study of Brno’s unique architectural heritage was not so much in the context of architectural history but rather a practical course in design, construction and materials […] the interwar masters are as contemporary and present for them as current international models: their buildings embody an insoluble synthesis of past and present.”

The complete article is published in Summer issue of Piranesi No. 38, Summer 2016, Vol. 24.

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Project Data

Architects
Atelier RAW: Tomáš Rusín, Ivan Wahla, Bořivoj Čapák, Lukáš Vágner
Collaboration
Bořivoj Čapák
Lukáš Vágner
Promed s.r.o.
Client
Camastro a.s.
Building Volume
70 917 m³
Office floor area
5 856 m²
Gross commercial area on first floor
796 m²