Arvin & Benet offers for sale a unique functionalist villa from 1947, designed by one of the most significant Slovak architects, prof. Ing. arch. Eugen Kramár, Dr. h. c.
In addition to the architecture, it is the utterly incomparable location that lends the villa an air of extraordinariness and that does not need to be specifically introduced to anyone.
Kramár is an author of such legends of Slovak architecture as the P. O. Hviezdoslav Theatre, the National Bank of Slovakia (City Gate nowadays), Ministry of Construction, the Regional Office in Bratislava, the FIS hotel on Štrbské pleso and many others.
There are only four villas created by this giant in Bratislava and its surroundings. The buildings uniqueness is best illustrated by the fact that it has its dominant place in Berka and Bahna’s book titled Vily nad Hradom (‘The Villas above the Castle’, which maps the architectonically most significant villas on the Castle hill) and the space dedicated to it is more extensive than the space dedicated to the other villas.
The villa is located on the western slope in a sunny position, in the spot where Partizánska street and Lichardova street meet, not far above Koch’s sanatorium, and it offers a direct view of the Bratislava Castle.
The white mass of it literally glows beside the surrounding houses.
According to the author of the book mentioned above, the architectonic level of the neighbouring villas is incomparable to the Kramár’s villa. Kramár’s villa incorporates craft detail and quality of disposition.
The house was built at the time of the post-war boom phase of 1946-1947, for the grandfather of the current owner, so not only it is historical, it also involves tradition.
The sunny south side houses the residential areas, the northern street side was covered by communications and service rooms.
At the time, the villa also had top technical equipment, such as special jet shower and floor heating with cooled ceilings (!) The in-built interior elements were made to measure.
In 1989, the house was completely reconstructed and three apartments were created, the upper one with a beautiful sunny terrace, the ground floor one with the living room as a dominant feature and the third one on the embedded floor.
The reconstruction respected the quality elements of the original house such as glass doors, parquetry, wooden stairs, fireplace, lighting equipment and ceiling stucco. An extension by one room with a bathroom on two pillars was built in the ground floor apartment, this extension was okayed by Professor Kramár in person.
The new interior was carefully composed with the original elements, the architectural expression of the original house has not been altered. In the structure of the windows, their original functionalist tectonics and design have been preserved.
A grand-scale basement is partially used as a wine cellar.
Another reconstruction took place in 2009, being directed by a renowned architect, Mrs Fukatschová.
The condition of the house has been influenced to a significant extent by the current owner, the original owner’s grandson, who approached the reconstruction as well as the maintenance with immense respect for the uniqueness of the building.
Our real estate agency is personally acquainted with the owner, which is why we can confirm his relationship to the tradition of the villa, sense for design and passion for architecture.
The property has a well-kept ornamental garden with seating equipment.
If we were looking for the most high-end location in Bratislava, we would hardly be able to find a better one than this.
The villa is located in an extraordinarily prominent villa neighbourhood, surrounded by a large number of embassies and luxurious residences. A stone’s throw away from the historical centre, but at the same time, in total peace and quiet of a very calm and unfrequented street.
The location is known for its excellent civic amenities, walking distance involves the historical town centre, the parliament, the castle, a grocery store, the Koch sanatorium, countless cafés, restaurants, banks, pharmacies, medical care facilities, shops, sports grounds and many others.
Price: EUR 1.990.000
The area of the interior:
1st floor – 164.27 m²
Ground floor – 183.56 m²
2nd floor – 138.3 m²
Total = 485.77 m²
The area of the plot of land: 751 m²
At the moment, the villa consists of three independent apartment units and the basement, however, it would not be a problem to join them together.
Arvin & Benet ensures complete processing of the property purchase, including securing of financing and other essentials, so the entire process is smooth and non-problematic.
The price is final and it includes property transfer fees and services.
The property has been arranged up and photographed by the Homestaging department of our company, we will be happy to help you with an effective, dignified sale or rent of your property. We will be looking forward to a non-binding reach-out to us from you.
Interesting facts about the life od Professor Kramár for the history buffs:
Born in 1914, he started designing in an excellent studio of Fridrich Weinwurm. Weinwurm was a son of a Jew, so in 1939 he was forced to close the studio and Kramár opened one of his own.
In 1947, the year of the villa’s completion, he became the youngest university professor in Czechoslovakia. The enormous success stirred a lot of envy towards him, which resulted in an accusation of seditious intentions, and subsequent conviction in 1950 to 14 years of imprisonment, loss of civil rights and all his academic degrees.
Peculiarly enough, even in prison, the Communists acknowledged his professional skills, which is why, until his early release in 1960, they allowed him to paint in his cell in Pankrác. In prison, he worked on a project of the Prague’s Old Town Square reconstruction, the Barnabites monastery reconstruction in Hradčany and many others.
In 1996, the Minister of Culture was presenting then 82-year-old Kramár with state honours in the Slovak Philharmonic. Kramár stepped up to the microphone, uttered a single word, ‘Architecture…’, and suddenly he went silent forever. What he meant to say is unknown, as he fell to the floor in a moment. The Minister came over to him swiftly, medical doctor being his civilian profession, and the then Minister of Health Care Novák also leapt up onto the stage, but they could not help him anymore.
Professor died with a word on his lips the content and meaning of which was of the greatest passion to him in life. May he rest in peace.