The Re-birth of the Tugendhat House


  • Ana Tostões
  • Ivo Hammer HAWK university of applied sciences and art
  • Zara Ferreira University of Lisbon image/svg+xml




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Following a thorough and pioneering conservation-science study, the Tugendhat House was restored between 2010 and 2012. The house of Greta and Fritz Tugendhat, in Brno, designed by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich (1928-1929), is the single example of modern architecture in the Czech Republic inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. After an intense and dramatic life with different uses, the house received an outstanding restoration which brought back its original form, space and materiality, and was opened to the public as a House-Museum. This paper aims to bring light to this fascinating story based on the book Tugendhat House. Ludwig Mies van der Rohle by Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, Ivo Hammer and Wolf Tegethoff (Basel, Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH, 2015), namely on Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat statements and on the experience of the members of the International Expert Advisory Commission THICOM.

How to Cite

Tostões, A., Hammer, I., & Ferreira, Z. (2017). The Re-birth of the Tugendhat House. Docomomo Journal, (56), 44–55.




Author Biographies

Ana Tostões

(b. Portugal, 1959). PhD, architect, architectural critic and historian, Chair of docomomo International and editor of docomomo Journal. Full Professor at Técnico - University of Lisbon, where she is in charge of the architectural PhD program. Her research field is the theory and history of architecture and construction of the 20th century, focusing on the worldwide cultural transfers. She was awarded with the title of Commander of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (2006), with the Gulbenkian Prize (2014) and with the BIAU Prize (2016). She was a member of THICOM (2010–2012).

Ivo Hammer, HAWK university of applied sciences and art

(b. Ulm/Germany, 18.5.1944). Trained as a conservator/restorer. Studied art history and archaeology in Freiburg/Br and Vienna. Doctoral dissertation on early bourgeois realism. Chief conservator/restorer of the Austrian Heritage Authorities (1976–1997). Full Professor at HAWK, Hildesheim (1997–2008). He established the first international university course for the conservation/restoration of architectural surfaces. He was the chairman of THICOM (2010–2012).

Zara Ferreira, University of Lisbon

(b. Portugal, 1988). MSc in Architecture (2012, Técnico – University of Lisbon, thesis: The Modern and the Climate in the Lusophone Africa. School Buildings in Mozambique: The Fernando Mesquita Concept (1955–1975)). She is the secretary general of docomomo International and co-editor of docomomo Journal editor. She is currently doing a PhD on the preservation of post-WWII European housing estates (Técnico – University of Lisbon/École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).


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