New edition of USE-IT Brno map

The new edition of USE-IT Brno maps is here and it also includes the Löw-Beer Villa as a part of a section devoted to Jewish heritage. The map mentions a short history of the Villa and its connection to Villa Tugendhat, points out free entry to the garden.

USE-IT maps are non-commercial, made by young locals. They are always free and up-to-date. Nowadays, these maps provide information for young travellers in almost 40 European cities – and one of them is Brno.

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Exhibition about the conversion of the Löw-Beer factory

From September 30 to November 1, 2020, the Celnice Gallery hosts an exhibition of works by students of the Faculty of Architecture at Brno University of Technology, which deal with the functional transformation of the former Löw-Beer textile factory in Brněnec. The Löw-Beer family owned this factory until 1938.

In the same year, most family members were forced to leave their homes before the Nazi threat, many of them unfortunately died in concentration camps. The grandson of the original owners, Daniel Löw-Beer, founded the Archa Endowment Fund in 2018, which provides grants and supports projects for the conversion of the factory in Brněnec.

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The best of Brno on a single tourist card

Since this year, the Löw-Beer Villa in Brno is involved in the BRNOPAS tourist card project, which provides its owners a number of discounts or free admissions to interesting places in Brno and its surroundings. The card can be purchased from one to three days, for adults or children under 15 years of age, and may include a public transport ticket.

With the BRNOPAS card, you get a 25% discount in the Löw-Beer villa to enter the permanent  exhibition The World of the Brno Bourgeoisie Around the Löw-Beers and the Tugendhats, children have free admission. The card also offers benefits in other famous Brno villas: Tugendhat, Stiassni and Jurkovič.

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Technical facilities guided tour

Beginning April 13, 2018, every Saturday and Sunday 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM

New guided tour will introduce previously inaccessible technical facilities and present preserved parts of unique air heating and cooling system to the visitors. This system was not restored during the renovation of the villa, however certain elements were preserved and are part of the tour (regulatory valves, skylight etc.).

A video projection will be shown at the beginning of the tour. Function of each system - air heating, gas hearth, heating of the skylight, ventilation - is presented with 3D model of the villa. Tour continues through elegant service staircase up to the attic with glass skylight.

Purpose of the second tour is to point out so far little noticed fact, that the Löw-Beer (former Fuhrmann) Villa was not only beautiful home, but also a building at high technical standard. It was designed at the beginning of the 20th century by Viennese architect Alexander Neumann (1861-1947), who was taught by famous duo Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer. They specialized in designing theatres and spas, which often need innovative technical solutions. 

Neumann used his experience when designing the family residence in Brno for the industrialist Moriz Fuhrmann and used the remarkable hot air heating system. After the death of Fuhrmann, his sons sold the villa in the year 1913 to the textile magnate Alfred Löw-Beer. The new owner initiated a reconstruction of the interior, designed by the architect Rudolf Baumfeld from Vienna. In the context of these alterations a gas hearth was installed into the staircase hall in the first half of the thirties. 

Only a fragment of the heating and cooling system was preserved into present day, most of the elements have been rebuilt during the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century. The original blueprint documentation did not survive. An exploration of the systems by non-destructive, but also a partially destructive means (probes) was carried out in the year 2013. The original air conduits were not used during the restoration of the villa in the years 2013-2014. But it doesn’t change the fact that the house was on the top of the technical level of its time. It very well might have been later an inspiration to Greta Tugendhat for her new home, which is now known as Tugandhat Villa.