The House of František Heřman

Originally, a smaller family house by Oldřich Starý was designed in the spirit of a symmetrical layout similar to the aesthetics of the architect J. E. Koula. The simple staircase connects all the floors, including the roof, which has a sundeck with a typically nautical railing. The extension of the house also created space for a terrace connected with the bedroom balcony. 


Oldřich Starý

(*1884 Praha +1971 Praha)

A pioneer of Czech functionalism, architect, theoretician, and teacher; he is one of the most prominent figures in Czech modern architecture of the interwar period, with its principles of “new architecture,” purity, truthfulness of form, and the belief that architecture is not an art but a “scientifically-based cultural task.” He soon became a harsh critic of excessive façade decoration. Bearing in mind Le Corbusier’s view of the house as a “machine for living,” he designed four houses in Baba (Heřman, Bouda, Vaváček, and Sutnar). He is the author of the palace building on Národní třída in Prague, which he designed for the Czechoslovak Werkbund in 1936, and he was also the Werkbund’s president from 1935. He also presided over the Architects’ Club and was the editor of the functionalist “Stavba” Magazine. He was a professor and later the rector of CTU in Prague.

studied architecture with Professors Josef Schulz and Jan Evangelista Koula at CTU in Prague

professor at the State Technical School in Pilsen

founding member of the Architects’ Club

professor at the State Technical School in Prague 

President of the Architects’ Club 

editor-in-chief of the “Stavba” Magazine 

editor-in-chief of the “Architektura” Magazine 

professor of architecture at CTU in Prague 

Rector of CTU 

Significant Works 

house at the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Czechoslovakia, Brno

villas in Prague-Dejvice 1934-36

houses of Iška and Ladislav Sutnar, František Heřman, Cyril Bouda and Karla and Gustav Vaváček, Baba, Prague-Dejvice

House of Art Industry on Národní třída in Prague (in cooperation with František Zelenka)

villa in Prague-Braník


František Heřman

František Heřman, Colonel of the General Staff of Czechoslovakia, sold his house soon after its completion in 1933 for CZK 200,000 to a bank clerk, Josef Dvořáček, and his son František Dvořáček, a professor of the First Czechoslovak State Grammar School in Prague XII.