Like Vojtěch Kerhart with the Řezáč House, Oldřich Starý also made his house design for Baba commissioned by Gustav Vaváček as a kind of economical Czech variation on the new objectivity. The house is characterised by its axiality and symmetry; the layout is repeated on both floors. The third floor is topped by a large sundeck at the expense of the living area.
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
house at the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Czechoslovakia, Brno
villas in Prague-Dejvice 1934-36
House of Art Industry on Národní třída in Prague (in cooperation with František Zelenka)
villa in Prague-Braník
We know very little of Gustav Vaváček, who worked as a chief administrator for the Central Customs Office. He lived in the house with his wife Karla and three children.