Apartment blocks "S-houses" (S-domy) (1933)

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#Apartment block #Ústí nad Labem #1933

Architects

Franz Josef Arnold

Address and directions

Mezidomí 707/1, 706/2, 705/3, 704/4; Na vlnovce 711/1, 710/3, 709/5, 708/7
400 01 Ústí nad Labem, Czechia

Public transport: V Besídkách

Today's use: Apartments

Landscape shapes the architecture.

Description

Both architects were inspired by housing estates such as the "Hufeisensiedlung" in Berlin or the "Rundling" in Leipzig. This primarily refers to the round shape of the building. In the case of Ústí nad Labem, the curved and S-shaped course of the two blocks adapts to the hill.

The south and west facades of the blocks make optimal use of the sunny side thanks to the S-shaped curves of both blocks, so that the the balconies were places there. Depending on their taste, some residents have had the balconies converted into winter gardens, which does not necessarily improve the overall visual impression.

The side with little sun was used on both blocks for the balconies that allow access to the apartments. The entrances to the balconies allow stairwells that are designed as kind of stair towers. They stand outside the building line of the apartment blocks, so they do not take away any valuable living space. Such balcony accesses were one solution to reduce the use of materials and components.

On this website with interesting historical pictures the autors mention, that all 208 flats had the same layout. Over time some residents have combined two apartments into one.

 

History

The planning for these two blocks began in 1931.

 

Construction types
masoned reinforced concrete
Facades
plaster
Windows
casement
Roof
flat
Details
balcony single-loaded corridor
Position
along a street periphere/neighbourhood
Storeys
5

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