The House of Bohumil Čeněk

The house for Professor Bohumil Čeněk is the second construction by Ladislav Žák in Baba which was aimed at creating a standard small family house. However, he managed to create an exceptional villa with a front façade with a highly original appearance using a ship’s window. The architect was undoubtedly fascinated by Le Corbusier’s view of the house as a machine for living, which he enriched with “nautical shapes” inspired by the architect Hans Scharoun. Žák also designed an extension of the garage in the 1930s, and later, the architect Jíra expanded the sunroom with another glass-walled living space. 


Ladislav Žák

(*1900 Prague +1973 Prague)

An architect, painter, interior and furniture designer, theoretician, and teacher; a student of Josef Gočár at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. During his stay in France, Germany, and the Netherlands, he was interested in functionalist buildings, Bauhaus architecture, and Dutch rationalism. Three exceptional houses in Baba (Zaorálek, Herain, and Čeněk) marked the culmination of his functionalist work in which he applied the functionalist principles: a free floor plan, large rooms connected to outdoor sundecks, bright façades, and strip windows. His work also shows characteristics of the nautical (cabin-like) style: rounded shapes of buildings and windows. For example, he put a captain’s bridge on the roof of the Herain villa. Even his interiors and furniture displayed functionalist and purist characteristics. Following a falling-out with the builders, he focused on landscape architecture and urban planning, which he summarised in the publication Obytná krajina (1947). Under the socialist regime, he remained a lecturer at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts thanks to the architect Frágner.

studied painting with Professor Karel Krattner at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague 

studied architecture with Professor Josef Gočár at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

taught drawing at the technical schools in Brno and Pilsen

independent architect in Prague

associate professor of Garden and Landscape Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague

Significant Works

houses of Ludmila and Karel Herain, Bohumil Čeněk and Hugo Zaorálek, Baba, Prague-Dejvice

Dr. Ing. Miroslav Hain’s villa, Prague-Vysočany 

villa of the film director Martin Frič, Prague-Hodkovičky

reconstruction of his own residential building with small apartments, Prague-Letná 

villa of the actress Lída Baarová, Prague-Dejvice 

memorial to the victims of WWII, Ležáky


Prof. Bohumil Čeněk

The music theory professor Bohumil Čeněk (1869-1960) dedicated his whole life to music pedagogy and the methodology of singing. In 1939, he received the gold medal of the Czechoslovak Singers’ Community for his work.