Apartment building of the Pilsen Commercial Construction Cooperative
1936–1937

Na Belánce 2172/15 (Plzeň) Plzeň Jižní Předměstí
GPS: 49.7396386N, 13.3722239E

One of the first buildings erected on Na Belánce during the second half of the 1930s was the three-storey terraced house No. 15 built in 1936–1937 by the Pilsen commercial construction cooperative Stavební podnikatelské družstvo v Plzni, led by the developer Rudolf Pěchouček, which offered not only residential, but also office spaces.

Similarly to other apartment buildings in this location, the facade had a range of Pilsen Functionalist architectural features, characterised by the use of smooth cement renders, shallow projecting section, expansive split windows and, especially, oblong clinker tiles, which in this case reached as high as the longitudinal string course beneath the second-floor windows and also neatly clad the window reveals of the higher floors. The original impressive combination of the beige-red colouring of the tiles and their alternating vertical and horizontal composition was unfortunately disregarded in a recent reconstruction, in which the facade was given a red-grey coat of paint and the original stoneware expanse was replaced with an inappropriate, lowered band of dark ceramic tiling. The original look of the house, composed primarily of the textures of the materials used and the balanced proportions of rendered and tiled surfaces, was thus irretrievably lost.

The building held a total of six standard three-room flats with bathrooms, kitchens and housekeeper’s quarters and one loft studio flat. In the basement was a laundry room and a garage. Five rooms were reserved for the aforementioned office space on the first floor, which the commercial cooperative evidently used for its own purposes.

 


 

Investor

Stavební podnikatelské družstvo v Plzni

Sources

  • Archiv Odboru stavebně správního, Technický úřad Magistrátu města Plzně
 
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