Brno / Czech Republic /
Team: Bohuslava Slezáková / Jan Sameljak / Karolína Gavroňová / Laura Baková / Veronika Rajsiglová /
Jury Statement:

Little America = a historical industrial building near the main train station in Brno, a former transshipment point for commodities imported from different parts of the world (mainly from the Western Europe and America – that’s where the building got its name „Little America“). Nowadays, Little America‘s connection with the world has disappeared, and the building is currently decaying and dying.

The brick building of Little America was built between 1894 and 1897. It is located about 5 minutes‘ walk from the main train station and about 20 minutes from the centre of Brno. It has 2 high levels (street and upper terrace) that are not accessible to each other from outside. Access to the building is only from one side. The foundation of the building is connected to the Vienna Viaduct linking Prague,

Brno and Vienna by train. The upper terrace is connected to the platform and the railway track. The lower part of the building connects to a long parking lot and a street in front of it.

The surroundings of the building are mostly parking lots, rail tracks, and busy roads. A complex of office buildings is being built in front of Little America.

At present, the building is used as a warehouse in the lower part. There is in the upper part a paintball arena, a carpentry workshop and empty desolated spaces. The character of the Little America is an abandoned railway brownfield, where occasionally drug addicts or delivery vans pass by.