The Baba estate

The functionalist housing estate Baba in the Prague district of Dejvice was built between 1932-1940 by the Czechoslovak Werkbund. This collection of exhibition housing was the last in a series of “model estates” constructed by the Werkbund (an association of artists, architects, designers, and industrialists, whose aim was to promote the development of modern architecture and industrial design) in Central Europe. Unlike other Werkbund housing estates (e.g. the Stuttgart and Vienna estates) Baba was funded privately.

House owners, who were members of the Czechoslovak Werkbund (among them were theatre directors, diplomats, writers, university professors and artists) chose architects from the Czechoslovak Werkbund’s members (Josef Gocar, Oldrich Stary, Ladislav Zak, Evzen Linhart and others). The only exception was the Dutchman Mart Stam. Architect Pavel Janak was responsible for urban planning and organization of the project.

All the houses survived World War 2 without suffering any damage. However, under the communist regime (1948-1989) Baba was considered an intellectual bourgeois experiment of the First Republic (1918-1938). Many houses changed owners, who had some of the buildings insensitively refurbished. In order to prevent further damage, the Housing Estate Baba was declared a preserved monument zone in 1993.

It is possible to combine the tour of Baba with a visit to the Villa Muller, designed by the architect Adolf Loos.

Duration: 3 hours

Group size (price per group)
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Guiding 1700 CZK 2000 CZK 2300 CZK

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