Architectonical Works

During the years 1954 to 1957, Jozef  H u n t i e r  was a student at the architectonical atelier of Prof. Emil Belluš at the Faculty of Architecture and Structural Engineering in Bratislava. During the years 1958 to 1971, he closely cooperated with Prof. Emil Belluš (the founder of architectonical education in Slovakia) on edifying work, on many significant architectonical and scientific research tasks. The research task on "Reconstruction and Development of Recreational Areas in the High Tatra Mountains - Štrbské Pleso" (1958-1961), awarded by the Chancellor of the Slovak Technical University. This was the first architectonical research in Slovakia. The scientific knowledge gained was put into practice during the reconstruction and development of Štrbské Pleso. The aims, method and form of elaboration can serve as a model and a point of departure even for the contemporary architectonical construction and reconstruction of the High Tatra Mountains.

The competition for international hotel in Brno (1958) and a competition for architectonical design of the northern forefront of the Prague Castle (1959) were open tenders. Further projects count the architectonical design of the Spa Island in Piešťany (1960), architectonical design of development of Bratislava (1961). The textbook "Typology of Buildings"- buildings for temporary accomodation (1962) and many other works, as well as joint working stays in the High Tatra Mountains, Brno and Prague created good conditions for elaboration of these tasks and creation of good interpersonal relations.
During his study trip at L’ÉCOLE DES BEAUX-ARTS in Paris, Jozef  H u n t i e r  visited the atelier of Le Corbusier and met him in person.

The world-famous architect Le Corbusier has been a role model for Jozef Huntier as for the complexity of the work of an architect, painter, sculptor, philosopher, publicist, writer, but most of all a talented, modest and a tolerant man. The principles of his modern architecture production serve as a model for the contemporary Slovak architecture as well.

Following his return from studies in Paris in 1962, Jozef Huntier gave his first lecture on the works of Le Corbusier at the Faculty of Architecture in Bratislava. The lecture for students, teachers and the general public was very well received. Consequently, he started to develop the principles of contemporary architecture of Le Corbusier in architectonical projects of civic and residential buildings. He did so in the specific socio-cultural conditions in Slovakia, surrounded by a group of students (P. Lieskovský, J. Komrska, J. Kvasnica and many others) in his architectonical atelier.

It is necessary to realize that it was strictly forbidden to spread the theory of the contemporary western architecture, in particular Le Corbusier, at the Faculty of Architecture in the fifties. The official doctrine was to base the design on the principle of socialist realism. It appears that Jozef Huntier with a group of students were the pioneers in the architectonical area to spread the ideas of the contemporary western architecture and contribute to the shift and plurality of ideas in the architectonical works in Slovakia.

In his architectonical work, Jozef  H u n t i e r  focused above all on the typology of civic buildings. He designed and created dozens of courthouses in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. He released a publication on "Cultural and Community Buildings" (Alfa, 1976), several textbooks (1964-1972), a University reader (co-author, 1982) and other works in the fields of architectonical and artistic production, publishing and editorial activities.

A selection of works