Lectures 2006
11/28/2020
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"A house tells a story, Utopias and reality in 20th century Prague" Panayiotis Farantatos

Architectural evolution has always been parallel to the history of societies, civilizations and places and its every transformation is the product and the built evidence of the changes that took place. Even if today architecture seems to be alive only through the pages of magazines and the screens of computers, its every evolution is more than related to all the deeper procedures. The essay tries to watch the evolution of architecture in Prague of the last century, in direct connection to the political and economical changes in the area with the current name “Czech Republic”.

The story is seen through the “eyes” of a house with a particular and controversial fate, determined as much by its internal architectural interest, as by the external factors. Villa Mϋller was designed in 1928 by Adolf Loos and after 70 years ends up to have the form of a house but the function of a museum.

The essay covers fully neither the architectural interest of the building nor the thought of the architect (and doesn’t aim to do so) but focuses mostly on the ways by which architecture changes and wonders about the maintenance of the essence of the living building (and in our occasion, of the “living” house).