Festival that will show you Brno, as you don’t know it, but you’d love to! Open House for the First Time in Brno! – Forget the usual sights, monuments and tourist spots. Open House Brno will open doors of buildings you pass by perhaps every day, but you never got the chance to pop in.
Are you curious about the interiors of architecturally exciting houses? Do you want to see how office and administration premises work? What is left from industrial buildings? How the city looks like from certain rooftops? Open House Brno allows you in. Dozens of spots. Dozens of experiences. One day. Free.
Open House Festival takes place in Brno on 14th April 2018. You can visit selected locations in all Brno and go through them alone or sometimes even with a guide.
WARNING: Photographs will be taken during the event and will be subsequently used for marketing purposes by TIC BRNO. Thank you for your understanding.
The definite list of locations:
Registration available from 11. 4. 2018
BARKA Theatre, Husův sbor (Hussite Congregation) Královo Pole
OPENING HOURS: 16.00 – 18.00
ADRESS: Svatopluka Čecha 35a, Brno
Open House has a little church for your perusal, a little unusual perhaps, but all the more interesting for that: basically, a 2 for 1 tour. The church in Královo Pole, built by the Husův sbor (Hussite Congregation), was the first such building of this type erected by the Czechoslovak Hussite Church in Brno. Josef Novák, the winner of the design competition, embodied the aesthetics of the Constructivist movement in his plans, which saw fruition during 1925. On the ground floor is a hall and altar for celebrating the liturgy, while upstairs a simple theatre with a stage was constructed, which subsequently underwent renovation following a fire. Rising from the corner of the building is a striking, square tower with a staircase; the facade of the building is in fact registered as a Czech cultural monument. The current tenant of the theatre is the League of Wheelchair Users (Liga vozíčkářů), which runs a motivational space primarily for amateur and integrated ensembles to create traditional plays, dance and movement theatre.
Global IT Center
OPENING HOURS: 9.00 – 18.00
ADRESS: Škrobárenská 511/3, Brno
If you think there’s nothing more to IT centres than computers, you might be in for a surprise at this Open House destination. Presenting their work will be the site’s interior designers from the Design ATAK studio. The name Global IT Center will probably conjure up a rather different prospect than what you’re in for. Although the building is indeed the IT hub of the multinational HeidelbergCement Group, their primary focus as a company is building materials. The Brno branch hosts three levels of global IT support and services – from basic support at the Centralized IT Service Desk, through standardized app hosting and network support services, right up to narrowly specialized teams of experts. Come and enjoy the chance, with Open House, to peek through the lens of IT technology into the core of a construction empires.
Biskupské gymnázium Brno
OPENING HOURS: 9:00 – 18:00
ADRESS: Barvičova 85, Brno
This grammar school was erected at the end of the 1930s on the summit of Yellow Hill, in what was then the city’s rapidly developing Masarykova čtvrť residential area. The building, laid out in the form of a Christian cross, dominates Brno’s western skyline and offers a unique viewpoint that encompasses the entire city. After the communists forced the school to close in 1950, the building was re-purposed as a military academy and later housed BUT’s Faculty of Civil Engineering. The complex returned to serving its original purpose in 1991. Today’s grammar school has about 840 students enrolled, some of whom will tell you about the building – past and present – as you chat on your guided tour.
City Spa – Zábrdovice
OPENING HOURS: 10.00 – 12.00
ADRESS: Zábrdovická 158/13, Brno
The original Zábrdovice spa buildings belong to Brno’s famous Functionalist era. A design competition was announced in 1929, in which the winning entry was submitted by Bohuslav Fuchs, who worked in tandem with Brno’s Municipal Water Works to realise his idea. The total cost of construction, completed in June 1932, came to 7,500,000 CZK. In summer, the company STAREZ – SPORT, a.s. runs a popular swimming pool here, but Open House will show you the spa just as it awakens from its winter hibernation.
Divadlo na Orlí / Music-Drama Lab
OPENING HOURS: 10.00 – 16.00
ADRESS: Orlí 19, Brno
The new theatre venue of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno is primarily used for student musical theatre, i.e. staging operas and musicals. It offers the Brno cultural scene varied productions by young artists. Students, on the other hand, get a rare opportunity to prepare themselves for professional life in a space that corresponds to current global trends. Come and get a back-stage view with Open House. You’ll enjoy access to all areas – from basement to roof – of this new building, completed in 2012 by leading Brno architects Pavel Rada and Milan Rak.
OPENING HOURS: 9.00 – 18.00
KOMENTOVANÉ PROHLÍDKY (bez registrace): 11.00 15.00
ADRESS: Křenová 19, Brno
The site was created by connecting together several factories after 1945. As a result, the final shape is highly idiosyncratic, the plot of land being relatively narrow and irregular, but generally lying on a north-south axis. The area is bisected by a railway line, running on a 6 m high embankment. This means that both halves of the site, consisting of all manner of diverse buildings, are connected by an underpass beneath the tracks. Breathe in some of the industrial past and catch a glimpse of the creative now. Open House will be throwing open this hub for you to see in less than one month’s time.
The Distillery – Social Reactor
International Clinical Research Center (FNUSA-ICRC)
OPENING HOURS: 10.00 – 16.00
ADRESS: Pekařská 53, Brno
The International Clinical Research Center of St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno (FNUSA-ICRC) is a new generation science and research center and a public center providing the latest medical treatments. It focuses on finding new methods, technologies and medicines for effective prevention, early diagnostics and individualized treatment of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. A guided tour gives these complex issues a human dimension, and the route includes a Faraday cage. A visit to St. Anne’s University Hospital for Open House 2018 cannot be missed!
OPENING HOURS: 10.00 – 15.00
ADRESS: Poštovská 8c, Brno
Multipurpose Alfa Palace can be found on the corner of Jánská and Poštovská streets, and its passage links it to buildings that connect it with Freedom Square. The structure was built between 1930 and 1937. The developer František Hrdina asked architect Bohuslav Fuchs to design a spectacular apartment building with a shopping arcade (passage) and a cinema. The complex is made up of a single-storey shopping hall with a gallery roofed by a glass ceiling. Eight entrances to the apartments lead from the passage to the upper floors, which contain around 160 flats. Open House will take you to the very top and provide you with a birds’ eye view of Brno city centre.
OPENING HOURS: 12.30 – 17.30
ADRESS: Londýnské náměstí 881/6, Brno
A Brno company, which has worked its way up to becoming one of Europe’s best in its field, is inviting you to the best-smelling offices in Brno. The company’s interiors won the CBRE Meeting Room of the Year 2017 award for “The Office as the DNA of the Company”. Find out what this means by taking a peek into Notino’s modern spaces, whose designs were inspired by essences, perfumes and cosmetics. Open House has prepared a guided tour, a fascinating presentation and a sweet-smelling competition.
Open House is also opening the gates to the underworld. An underground reality on whose seamless operation the city above depends. And yet totally invisible, of course. Pulsing beneath the Moravian capital stretch more than 21 km of tunnels, carrying hot-water pipes, water mains and cabling owned by electricity firms and mobile operators, etc. Without these infrastructural bowels, the city couldn’t function. Our route teaches you about this modern technical labyrinth – how it works and how it’s maintained. Open House is offering you one of the very last opportunities to glimpse Brno’s technical underground. We should to warn you, however, that you’ll need to be reasonably fit to take the tour: you’ll be going up and down a lot of steep steps and ladders. So take care!
Impact Hub Brno
Squatting here at the end of our list is a co-working behemoth: the biggest Impact Hub in Europe, indeed the 2nd biggest in the world, just behind Seattle. This is an open space, part of a global network that today has over 100 members. The hub identifies itself as an inspiring workspace, combining the advantages of a fully equipped office, internet cafe, and a business incubator. It came into being in 2015 with the conversion of the Knitting Research Institute brownfield site – the idea being to preserve somehow the site’s genius loci. This year the hub has doubled in size. Come and take a look at how this reconstruction – according to the designs of studio RALA – has fared.
Did you know that Brno has its own public 24/7 digital workshop, with equipment like 3D printers, a CNC router and oscilloscope? FabLab Brno is part of a world-wide movement, whose members – so-called makers – are defined by their dissatisfaction buying ready-made products. They’d rather be developing and tailor-making their own products, and sharing ideas how best to improve the processes they’ve created. The movement is made up of over a thousand certified laboratories in 102 countries around the world. With Open House, let yourself be pulled into the world of technology and check out how digital DIY works in Brno.
DOMEQ offers modern living to students and young professionals, and is the first concept of its kind in the Czech Republic. The uniqueness of the building lies in its idea of communal living, comfort, modernity and its composition of rental accommodation for successful young people. DOMEQ offers 159 rooms in various sizes. On the ground floor you’ll find well-appointed communal areas, a reception and laundry room, while the top storey is graced by a large terrace with breath-taking views of the city. Everything has been built in the spirit of modern design and comfort.
Brno Exhibition Centre
Exhibition Hall G is one of the dominant features of the Brno Exhibition Centre. Although reconstruction and renovation works haven’t always been entirely successful, the final stage in 1996 preserved the pavilion’s tower and was awarded a Grand Prix by the Society of Architects. The original work of architect Bohumír Čermák, who erected the tower during the infancy of glass skyscrapers, is still something we can admire today. And just as it was once possible to visit the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Czechoslovakia in 1928 and celebrate 10 years of the new republic, so today with Open House you can climb the 45 m observation tower and celebrate the country’s first century!
Courtyard by Marriott Brno
Courtyard by Marriott Brno is a four-star hotel with 201 rooms and a rooftop apartment with views to the city centre. The hotel design draws on Scandinavian restraint: use of high-quality natural materials – travertine cladding, granite paving and oak parquet floors – being the sole concession to outward luxury. Employees will show you round the building’s viewpoints and secluded spots, while the architect himself will guide you through the hotel.
Spielberk Office Centre
Spielberk Office Centre is an ensemble of office buildings and a hotel, the work of architects at Studio Acht. The centrally situated lake, lined with trees and plants, forms the heart of the site, and indeed the complex strikes a perfect balance between a working environment and natural space. The area is open to the public: a cycle path runs beside the river, while pedestrians and cyclists can also access the centre by crossing the River Svratka over a footbridge, which won first place in the aesthetic and technical solution categories of the international competition Footbridge 2008.
For technical reasons canceled!
This sport and leisure centre, designed by the architects and engineers at K4, serves the needs of the general public, schools and various sports clubs. It offers everything you need to relax, enjoy a splash and get your body moving: an indoor pool, a roof pool with a summer terrace, sauna, toboggan ride and gym. Maybe you’ve seen this all before, but Open House will let you into the engine room of this aquapark. Come with us and see how it all really functions and access areas normally prohibited to the public.
Veřejná zeleň města Brna
As its name suggests (City of Brno Public Greenery), this public-benefit corporation – operated by the city – ensures that Brno’s trees and green spaces are professionally looked after and all necessary gardening works are carried out. Its main activity is to administer, establish, renovate and maintain the important parks entrusted to it, as well as the many street trees throughout the city. During Open House, you will hear more information about the Tyršův Park and the National Cultural Monument Špilberk Castle from the real experts – general architects professor Ivar Otruba and Ing. Eva Damcová.
Sokol Brno I
For over 90 years, Brno’s Sokol Stadium on Kounicova Street has been an important centre for the city’s sporting and cultural life. The sports complex was built from 1922-1929, initially according to a design by Jindřich Kumpošt, before being finished by Miloš Laml. Today it is considered an outstanding example of Brno inter-war architecture. It was here that Olympians Alois Hudec and Jan Gajdoš trained. At the same time, it was also a concert venue for stars like Jarmila Novotná and Rudolf Firkušný. The world premiere of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass was performed at the stadium. In the spirit of kalos kagathos, Open House will guide you through these tucked-away sporting and cultural arenas.
Brno-Lidická Fire Station, Fire Rescue Service of South Moravian Region
The Brno fire station on Lidická Street was built especially for the city fire brigade and replaced the no longer suitable and cramped premises at the Old City Hall. It became the HQ of the Brno Fire Service and was officially opened 12 June 1940. The move is closely connected, however, with a distressing story: credit for planning the new building must go to Brno’s pre-war mayor Ing. Rudolf Spazier, who at the time of the opening ceremony had already been imprisoned for nine months at the Buchenwald concentration camp. Open House will take you round the building’s facilities, where you’ll discover more as part of a guided tour.
CEITEC research centre, Masaryk University
This building is an example of first-rate high-tech architecture, blending clean design and functionality. It is the base for an international team of scientists researching advanced materials, life sciences and technology, and boasts the title of Structure of the Year 2014. During Open House, you can look forward to a guided tour, an exhibition mapping CEITEC’s construction and get an unusual view of the atrium from the footbridge that connects both wings of the building on the second floor.