Via Villas - Residential Architecture in the Visegrad Group countries

Brussels
27/05/13 - 30/06/13
photo : Willa Zbigniewa Loretha (Cracovie) © Tomasz Zakrzewski photo : Willa Zbigniewa Loretha (Cracovie) © Tomasz Zakrzewski


The project Via Villas has been aiming at drawing attention to residential architecture in the countries of the Visegrad Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) and in Slovenia. It comprises several exhibitions, a conference and a seminar in Brussels. There will be as well a publication of the works on this subject in each of the participating countries.

>>> See programme: HERE
>>> Description of the project: HERE
>>> On Great Villas of Poland: HERE

The European residential architecture enriches cultural heritage of respective European regions and at the same time makes knowing roots and inspiration of our contemporary culture possible. Historian architects, experts of museums of architecture, authors, researchers as well as proprietors of villas have been among participants of the joint project.
In Visegrad partner countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) and Slovenia research and evaluation works had been carried out with the aim of mapping cultural-aesthetic aspect and technological level of residential architecture, presenting personality and style of the architect, making research of architects’ and builders’ role as well as of connection between architectonic progress and cultural and social life on the Earth.
Above mentioned research works have formed a basis for progressing activity on national level: in each of the partner countries prepared publication and exhibition panels dedicate to wide but nevertheless balanced selection of architectonic creations, i.e. villas and residences from 19th century up to the present.
Related to the project young architects elaborated computerised 3D models of national concepts of residential architecture, i.e. how young and older generation imagines it in each of these countries, simultaneously contributing to the issue of European Year of Active Old Age and Intergenerational Solidarity 2012. There had been discussions, collations of national projects and co-operation in creating joint “European villas” at the international workshop, when young architects met elder expert speakers from the whole Europe and harmonised attributes from five national concepts of the partners and created two projects of contemporary European family home.
Presentation of the results of the whole project will be realised in Brussels between May 27 and June 30, 2013. Honorary Presidency of the event includes members of the European Parliament coming from Visegrad countries and Slovenia headed by member of the European Parliament coming from the country of the main organiser: Jan Březina from the Czech Republic.
Presentation will include exhibitions to be held in the European Parliament, Balassi Institute - Cultural service of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels and at Faculty of Architecture in Brussels. The exhibitions will be accompanied by guided tours and discussions. As part of exhibition in the European Parliament there will be international seminar titled “Contemporary architecture of family housing in Central Europe and message of great villas of 19th and 20th centuries.“

The cooperation between the Cultural Institutes of the Visegrad Group + Slovenia takes place in the framework of EUNIC in Brussels.

Researchers-authors teams in Visegrad countries and Slovenia:

Poland: Dr. Ing. Arch. Richard Nakoneczny and colleagues
Czech Republic: Prof. Ing. Arch. Vladimír Šlapeta and Prof. PhDr. Pavel Zatloukal and colleagues
Slovakia: Prof. Ing. Arch. Matúš Dulla and colleagues
Hungary: Prof. Ing. Arch. Antal Puhl and colleagues
Slovenia: Dr. Damjan Prelovšek and colleagues


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28 May
15:30
Conference with Vladimír Šlapeta on Czech formalism (1918-1938)
>>> Sint-Lucas Architectuur (Rue des Palais 65-67, 1000 Brussels)

17:00
Opening of the exhibition „Contemporary European House“ – exhibition of works of young architects from the Visegrad Group and Slovenia will represent projects of family housing created by students of each of the Visegrad countries and Slovenia as well as two joint projects of “European House” realised at the workshop held in December 2012 in Debrecen, Hungary.
>>> Sint-Lucas Architectuur (Rue des Palais 65-67, 1000 Brussels)
>>> exhibition can be visited from 28 May until 18 June 2013

19:30
„Secession architecture of Visegrad Countries and Slovenia” will represent an important era in historic progress of architecture.
>>> Balassi Institute – Cultural service of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels
(Treurenberg 10, 1000 Brussels)
>>> exhibition can be visited from 28 May until 14 June 2013

29 May
16:00 - 18:00
International seminar “Contemporary architecture of family housing in Central Europe and message of great villas of 19th and 20th centuries“
>>> European Parliament

18:30
Opening of the exhibition "Great Villas of Visegrad Countries and Slovenia".
Presentation of selected expositions of Visegrad countries and Slovenia represents residential architecture of these countries by buildings which have been justified as parts of European architectural heritage. International seminar titled “Contemporary architecture of family housing in Central Europe and message of great villas of 19th and 20th centuries“ will contribute to the exhibition. Participation of ten-member teams is anticipated from each of the countries involving editors of the publications and exhibitions, art historians, acting architects and winners of national students’ competition “Contemporary House: Through the Eyes of Young Architects.” 
>>> European Parliament
>>> exhibition can be visited from 28 until 30 May 2013

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The work Great Villas of Poland (published in April 2013)
Publication and exhibition panels represent 92 villas and family houses built starting from the middle of 16th century (oldest year 1535) up to the present (year 2011) in Poland as of its today’s territory. Selected buildings represent 3 basic types: villa urbana, villa suburbana from 27 towns and villa rustica from 17 municipalities. They are creations of 105 architects (78 Polish, 20 German, 5 Italian, 2 Dutch and 1 Belgian). Among the authors we can find some world-famous names like Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Hans Poelzig, Max Berg, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Henry van de Velde, Ernst May as well as less known but talented architects like Stanisław Witkiewicz, Adolf Szyszko-Bohusz, Karol Schayer, Bohdan Robert Konieczny and many others. All the buildings represented in the book Great Villas of Poland at the same time are parts of our European cultural heritage. Several of these buildings have been protected historic monuments.

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