Alfred Albini – connecting contemporary with traditional architecture

Alfred Albini – connecting contemporary with traditional architecture

An architect and designer, whose characteristic was the connection of traditional and modern architectural forms, Alfred Albini was born on July 15, 1896 in Vienna. He studied architecture at the Technical High School in Vienna and graduated in Zagreb. From 1925 he was an assistant professor at the Technical Faculty in Zagreb, then an assistant professor, and then a professor until his retirement in 1962, where he taught design and the history of modern architecture.

After graduating, he worked in the studio of Viktor Kovačić, and after his death he moved to the architect Hugo Ehrlich, working mainly on the completion of the palace of the Zagreb Stock Exchange according to Kovačić’s project. Albini advocated moderate modernism in architecture, relying on tradition, which allowed him to successfully integrate his architecture into historical urban units.

In Zagreb, he designed a residential building in Švearova Street, the Meixner houses in Mallinova and Balog in Gortanova, and Uzorinac in Kozarčeva Street, the Arko house in Gornji grad, the Faculty of Technology and the Music Academy in Gornji grad. He also designed the City Savings Bank in Osijek, the Dukat family house in Hvar, the Narodni dom in Sušak and a modern apartment block in Zadar.

Also, Albini proposed an urban and traffic solution for the center of Zagreb by breaking a traffic artery north of Ilica at the foot of the Upper Town, and proposed a new street from the east side of Marshal Tito Square to Mesnicka Street, solving all the main nodes of this move, but it was not realized. .

Albini also dealt with the problems of urbanism and the protection of cultural heritage, wrote professional and theoretical articles and painted. He won the City of Zagreb Award (1963) and the Vladimir Nazor Lifetime Achievement Award (1969).

Alfred Albini died in 1978 in Zagreb.

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