Palace Moravia

Palace Moravia (Palác Morava in Czech, Morava-Palast in German) is a building in City of Brno, Czech Republic.

In 1926 an architectonical competition for the model of a hotel was announced. This was supposed to be built on a place of former music-hall building. Beside home-born also such world-known architects as Peter Behrens and Jacobus Oud had participated in this contest. Eventually this place was built over by Arnošt Wiesner by a slightly different complex of buildings. He had to face up not only ground plan difficult parcel but also geologically poor sub-soil. During the design he also cooperated with structural engineer Jaroslav Valenta.

In the bottom part of the building there was a commercial zone, a basement cinema and a bar. A coffee lounge was situated in the first floor with a large terrace attached to it. Thanks to the genial natural lightning in the top area of the building, Wiesner dedicated this part to residential apartments. A contrast of reinforced concrete and raw brickwork is also very interesting. Later on, Wiesner linked the building of Moravská zemská životní pojišťovna (Moravian Life Insurance Company) to the whole construction. The project was finally completed in 1936.