Zlín not built: Non-realized projects of Vladimír Karfík for Baťa company

Ladislava Horňáková


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, Josef Štepánek, Kamil Roškot, Vladimír Uklein, František Cubr, Zdeněk Pokorný and others are mostly forgotten in archives and neither the architects themselves do not mention them. Several designs of Vladimír Karfík stayed partly realised or non-realised. From the point of view of the realised building structures of the company, this is just a small part of his work but it is of high importance to get the entire picture of his times in Zlín.

Keywords: interwar architecture, unrealized projects, functionalism, Czech architects, Baťa, Zlín, Vladimír Karfík