SUMMARY The paper is based on the parallel reading of the first Vladimír Karfík’s diary (1916) and his last family house (1968-72, Brno, Czech Republic). The first Karfík’s diary trancribes summer holiday memories, fantasies and ideas of fourteen years old college student mostly interested in piano playing, foreign languages, literature, drawing, photography and field trips. […]

SUMMARY The functionalist inter-war architecture in Zlín was always linked with the company Baťa and its requirements, closely related to the developing town. The unrealised pieces of architecture in Zlín, designed by outstanding Czech architects like František Lydie Gahura, Vladimír Karfík, Miroslav Lorenc, Jozef Gočár, Jan Víšek, Otto Rothmayer, Josef Havlíček, Bohuslav Fuchs, Jiří Voženílek, […]

SUMMARY In April 1993, Vladimír Karfík from the designing studio of Baťa’s company flies with the company airline to Prague and from there to Paris, and from Bretagne to New York by ship. He has to fulfil an important task. During his previous journey to the US, Jan Baťa decided to build American Zlín on […]

SUMMARY Chemical plant Dynamit Nobel were founded in Bratislava as late as 1873. After 1945, after the renewal of destroyed parts, they started with preparation of construction of a new plant. Director of that time Ing. Ríša, who was a previous director in Baťa’s factory in Batizovce, asked V. Karfík to design it. He started […]

SUMMARY The paper deals with reconstruction of the paradigm of Karfík’s contemplation on architecture, which he called “opinion world” or “comprehension of architecture”. In reconstruction, he comes from the published monographs, textbooks, journals, debates and his own memories. The author wants to prove that the essence of paradigm of Karfík’s contemplation of architecture is formed […]

SUMMARY Out of five Czech architects that took the professorship at the SVŠT in Bratislava at the same time and with the same motivation – after the World War II and Belluš’s invitation – V. Karfík as the only one lacked pedagogical experience and did not come from Prague. His uniqueness was in the extent […]