The Collection and Flat of the Architect Viktor Kovačić

 

in short

The attic flat in Masarykova Street 21-23 represents one of the very few rarities of its kind, preserved in its original condition as an example of the culture of life in the early 20th century. Croatian architect, Viktor Kovačić (1874 - 1924) designed the flat in 1906 for his own residence.
Zgrada u kojoj se nalazi stan i zbirka arhitekta Viktora Kovačića / Building planned by architect Viktor Kovačić, where the flat and collection are placed
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The Collection and Flat of the Architect Viktor Kovačić

in detail

The flat is about 95 square metres in area, and has three representative rooms: the dining room, the room for work and conversation, a bedroom and a bathroom, as well as completely detached utility areas: the kitchen, store-room and maid’s room.
Kovačić decorated it in accordance with his slogan "everything that is beautiful goes together, regardless of style”, which is why the flat is equipped with furniture from different stylistic periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Biedermeier, and furniture made in the 20th century according to Kovačić’s designs: a round table in the study and functional kitchen furniture. Typical Kovačić influences are, for example, the placing of chairs of different styles in the same room, or building wardrobes or shelves into the walls and door frames to obtain more space. Paintings, prints, drawings and different artistic craft products are also displayed.

Viktor Kovačić completed the Special School of Architecture in the Vienna Academy where he learnt from the famous Otto Wagner. After his return to Zagreb in 1899 he joined a group of Croatian artists gathered around Vlaho Bukovac. He opposed Historicism and advocated modern architecture which satisfied contemporary demands and the need for comfort. At the same time, he also stressed the need to respect tradition. He was a full professor at the Zagreb Technical College. Some of his projects in Zagreb include the Church of St. Blaise, the Zagreb Stock Exchange, the Frank building on Mažuranić Square (1912/1913), the “Slaveks” palace on Svačić Square (1920) and several family villas. He drew up the urban regulation of Kaptol.
The Flat of the Architect Viktor Kovačić
The Collection and Flat of the renowned Croatian architect Viktor Kovačić (1874 – 1924) constitutes a vivid yet easily comprehensible example of the life style of the early 20th century and mirrors the spirit of the times. One of the very few preserved rarities of its kind, this is the attic flat that Kovačić actually designed for his own residence.
The building in the attic of which Kovačić designed his own flat is a large semi-detached apartment building in Masarykova 21 – 23, planned by Viktor Kovačić for Antun Oršić and Regina Divković in 1906. Instead of a fee, Kovačić received from Oršić the right to build an apartment for himself in the attic space.
The flat is about 95 square metres in area, and has three principal rooms: the dining room, the room for work and conversation, a bedroom and a bathroom, as well as completely detached utility areas: the kitchen, store-room and maid’s room.
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