The story of Henry Kulka unfolds within the Thirties and Forties, when a worldwide diaspora of architectural expertise unfold out from Europe the world over, taking with it the ethos and aspirations of socially motivated modernism. Whereas the impression of those architectural émigrés on the tradition of the UK and the USA is effectively documented, many went additional afield and are far much less acquainted. A brand new monograph is the go-to structure guide for Kulka’s journey.
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The life and work of architect Henry Kulka
The Moravian-born Jewish architect labored alongside one of many titans of proto-modernist thought, Adolf Loos, ultimately turning into his follow accomplice and collaborator. Kulka was one of many driving forces in Loos’ follow, alongside together with his spouse, who was the follow supervisor.
In addition to engaged on the Raumplan Villa for the dancer Josephine Baker, he was nearly wholly answerable for the design of the 1929 Khuner home in Austria. Loos died in 1933 and after a number of extra important works just like the 1934 Villa Kantor, Kulka ultimately needed to flee persecution within the late Thirties.
He ultimately ended up in New Zealand, the place he started a brand new chapter, adapting his rigorous structure to the native local weather and circumstances. Kulka’s craftsmanship is clear in all his works. He was particularly targeted on picket interiors and furnishings, with built-in cabinetry and panelling, giving a unified inside composition for each room.
With photographs by Mary Gaudin, a New Zealand photographer residing in France, and phrases by Giles Reid, a New Zealand architect residing in England, Henry Kulka builds up a vivid image of a methodical and rigorous architect who nonetheless imbued his work with heat and richness. Kulka died in 1971 and, remarkably, Gaudin and Reid’s 400-page monograph is the primary guide to be dedicated to his work.
Henry Kulka, Giles Reid & Mary Gaudin, €52