Brno Architecture Manual




Dominikánské nám. 656/2 (Město Brno) Brno Střed

Public transport: Šilingrovo náměstí (TRAM 12)

Šilingrovo náměstí (TRAM 3,5, 6,9,12)

Náměstí Svobody (TRAM 4,8,9)

GPS: 49°11'39.101"N, 16°36'22.807"E



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This apartment building with a commercial arcade and the Bio Moderna cinema in the basement was built according to a design by Jaroslav Polívka in 1929. In the same year, the building was purchased by the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), which originally intended to set up lodgings for women and girls on the upper floors. However, the building was in the hands of Czechoslovak state from 1934.
This five-floor building served a multi-purpose function, which is manifested in the segmentation of the street facade. The large display windows on the ground floor were, like the areas of the arcade, intended for commercial purposes, whilethe first and second floors housed offices. The upper floors, the topmost of which has a terrace, served residential purposes. At present, the complex is unused and its owner, i.e. the City of Brno, is seeking a suitable investor.


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