Architectura perennis

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Yale University Press, 1997 - Architecture - 332 pages
Joze Plecnik (1872-1957), one of the most important European architects of the twentieth century, created a highly original and independent architectural language. Drawing on the architecture of antiquity, the theories of Gottfried Semper and the teachings of Otto Wagner, Plecnik developed a refined but eclectic classicism that has become increasingly popular today. In this authoritative book, Damjan Prelovsek describes the life and work of the architect, analysing his buildings and his relationships with other architects and patrons, and placing his work in the perspective of current architectural ideas and practices. Prelovsek relates how Otto Wagner recognized Plecnik's enormous gifts and accepted him as a pupil in 1894, and how the young man capped his student career by winning the coveted Rome Prize. By 1903 Plecnik had already completed the Zacherl House, the most significant work by a student of Wagner in Vienna. It was a radical work, deliberately incoporating the traditions of European art but, unlike the work of later postmodernists, not content with mere architectural quotation. In Prague, says Prelovsek, Plecnik's extensive and sometimes controversial work on the Prague Castle brought him in close contact with the Czech President, Tomas Masaryk; in Ljubljana, Plecnik's far-reaching planning decisions and numerous buildings have exerted a lasting influence on the appearance of his native town.
 

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Contents

YOUTH AND EDUCATION
1
Sempers principle of cladding
7
The language of forms matures
14
Work in Wagners atelier
24
A FREELANCE ARCHITECT IN VIENNA
43
The adaptation of the Weidmann House
49
Furniture designer
63
Other work in Vienna
69
PROFESSORSHIP IN LJUBLJANA
156
WORKS FOR THE CHURCH
219
The church in Bogojina
225
The church of St Anthony of Padua in Belgrade
234
SECULAR WORK
244
The University Library
252
Villas and interiors
260
Public places and squares
273

PROFESSOR IN PRAGUE
87
The situla of Vace
118
The obelisk
125
The First Castle Courtyard
138
The Third Castle Courtyard
144
219
318
120
325
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332
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