Foundation stone of Adolf Loos’ last house to be unveiled in Prague

Adolf Loos’ last house

The foundation stone of Adolf Loos’ last house, which was designed in 1932 but never came to fruition, will be symbolically laid on Tuesday outside the National Technical Museum in Prague.

Originally commissioned by the influential Czech businessman František Müller for his daughter Eva, the house was conceived as a low-cost accommodation suitable both for working-class families and management.

The all-wooden, cube-shaped structure painted in a bright green colour is based on the landmark principle of Loos’s architecture known as Raumplan, the concept of seamlessly linking spaces of different heights.

The idea for the project was conceived by the National Technical Museum and the Museum of the City of Prague in 2020, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Loos’ birth.

The project was developed in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague. The design of the interiors is based on Loos’ descriptions, floor plans and old articles. Another valuable source of information was the transcript of a conversation with Loos in which he spoke about the interior of the house.

The house will be built on a plot of land right next to the National Technical Museum on Prague’s Letná plain. The foundation stone will be symbolically laid on Tuesday evening as part of the annual Iconic Houses conference, which is currently underway in Prague. If everything goes according to plan, it should be finished next year.