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16 Sep 2015 - 25 Sep 2015

Czech Houses

Focused on family housing, the highlight of contemporary Czech architecture, the exhibition presents 33 exceptional designs by 33 architectural studios offering an insight into contemporary Czech architecture and urbanism. Showing a wide range of approaches to individual housing needs including large and small houses; new projects and renovations; houses in the countryside, in dense urban centres and in suburbia; made of concrete, wood, bricks or steel; in modern, abstract, or traditional styles distinctive, subtle or introverted, the exhibition demonstrates the continuous increase in the quality of Czech architecture since the fall of Communism in 1989, capturing the developments in architecture within the context of significant political and social change.

Curators: Ondřej Beneš, Ján Stempel, Jan Jakub Tesař

Curators Ján Stempel, Jan Jakub Tesař a Ondřej Beneš specialise in individual housing both in their architectural and teaching practice at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University, Prague. Their latest book Czech Houses / České domy (Kant, 2014) was instrumental in creating the exhibition.

Read an interview with the exhibition curators here

Professor Ján Stempel
An acclaimed Czech architect and teacher, currently working as a professor and Head of the Department of Design I at the Czech Technical University in Prague. Stempel is the author of several publications on Czech modern architecture and on the architecture of the Visegrád Group. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture in Budapest, has worked in the SIAL (Liberec Association of Engineers and Architects) architectural studios and went on to found and work in the A.D.N.S. and then the Stempel & Tesař architectural practices.  He has designed a great number of impressive buildings. He has also played an active role in the Czech Chamber of Architects and edits architectural magazines in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

Jan Jakub Tesař
An architect, assistant professor and doctoral student at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Tesař focuses his research activities on the contemporary production of individual housing in the Czech Republic and is the (co-)author of several publications on this topic. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague, has studied at the Delft University of Technology in Holland and, together with Ján Stempel, founded the Stempel & Tesař architectural practice, where he also works.    

Ondřej Beneš, Ph.D.
An architect, theorist and assistant professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague.  His university dissertation was dedicated to contemporary architectural theory.  He is the (co-)author of several publications on Czech architecture (on the 1960s and on contemporary Czech production) and publishes highly regarded theoretical and critical texts in collaboration with Dr. Oldřich Ševčík.  He is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague, plays an active role in the Czech Chamber of Architects, is a member of the Czech National Heritage Institute’s Commission for the Architecture of the Second Half of the 20th Century and focuses on private architectural practice. 

The gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday
Free entry

Short video form the exhibition installation and from the private view on 15 September 2015

In collaboration with

Supported by

Family House Vanov, 3+1 Architects, photo: Pavel Planicka

Family House Cesky raj, Stempel Tesar Architects, photo: FOTES

Family House Humpolec, OK PLAN ARCHITECTS, photo Jan Malý



Opening times: 10am-6pm, Mon to Fri / 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU


From: 16 Sep 2015
To: 25 Sep 2015


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