The small width of the plot, making Avion one of the narrowest hotels in Europe, called for a novel architectural concept, which indeed, the building received. Photo: Brno City Museum
Regarded as one of the most notable landmarks of Česká street for more than 90 years, this functionalist hotel measuring just 8 metres in width ranks among the top designs of architect Bohuslav Fuchs. What is the story behind this unique Brno building? And will it open to the public yet again after more than a decade?
The beginning of the existence of the hotel Avion started in a completely different establishment – in the Kostelecký Inn that had preceded it at No. 20, Česká Street. The original inn was made up of the ground floor, two storeys, an attic and a courtyard wing. In the second half of the 1920s Miloslav Kostelecký had it demolished and commissioned a 40-metre high, 23-metre long and just 8-metre wide hotel in its place. Designed by the prominent Brno architect Bohuslav Fuchs, it was built in 1927-1928. The renovation, which began in 2016, aims to reopen the unique premises of the hotel to the public once again, promising something of a novelty – tour routes and exhibition spaces.