Václav Hajšman’s set of apartment buildings
1931–1940

Klostermannova 2286, 1988, 2030, 2046, 2053, 2259 / 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, Čechova 2260, 2306, 2307 / 34, 32, 30 (Plzeň) Plzeň Jižní Předměstí
GPS: 49.731489N, 13.373196E

The terraced series of four-storey Functionalist apartment houses in the western part of Klostermannova Street and the adjacent part of Čechova Street was erected during the 1930s for the entrepreneur Václav Hajšman, owner of a building firm in the Letná suburb of Pilsen. The plans for the houses, whose author has not been identified, were implemented by various Pilsen construction firms, namely those of Jaroslav Šlesinger and Otakar Šrámek, as well as Hajšman’s own company.

Although the committee issued permission for the construction under the condition that the individual facades “must be only slightly tied to each other" and that each of the houses must look like an "independent building unit", the block of houses gives an impression that is appropriately compact, though not at all monotonous. The facades are divided up by shallow projecting sections of various heights and widths, and in some cases the recesses are broken by loggias. The distinctly horizontal string courses and bands of window cases mitigate the verticality of the houses and help to establish a balanced relationship between the masses of the buildings and the open space of the adjacent green area. The expansive split windows with fanlights ensured a sufficient influx of daylight and air into the interiors in accordance with the prerequisites of the period.

The houses contain both modest studio flats and generous apartments of up to four rooms, each with a bathroom, larder, WC and housekeeper’s area. In addition, most of the houses are equipped with garages accessible via a small front garden.

 


 

Investor

Václav Hajšman

Sources

  • Archiv Odboru stavebně správního, Technický úřad Magistrátu města Plzně
 
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