Transformations of the Plane: Study of Bionic Architectural Models of Anton Vranka

Jakub Novák
2015 6th Annual Conference on Architecture and Urbanism   unpublished
Ústav prostorové tvorby, Fakulta architektury, Vysoké učení technické v Brně, Česká republika xanovakj@stud.fa.vutbr.cz ABSTRACT: Structural modelling techniques of architect and professor Anton Vranka influenced, in a specific way, several generations of students at the Faculty of Architecture of STU in Bratislava. The phenomenon of "Vrankovina" -a problem, puzzle, or proposal that thrives on geometry, uses the effect of optical illusions, or transforms any flat medium into a surprising
more » ... a surprising spatial structure -is still known among the students and graduates, a few years after Vranka retired. His unique approach creates links between the Bauhaus theory of architecture, architectural bionics and biomimetics, the fascinating directions in architectural theory of the 1960s through the 1980s. The aim of this paper is to capture the knowledge stored in Vranka's fragile paper models, and report on his motives and methods and theoretical works. Thus, they will be added to the growing body of works on folded architecture. The systemization proposed documents an astounding variety of forms, created within just a few creative processes. The categorization of the models will be used as a basic platform for transferring theoretical works to architectural building practice. ABSTRAKT: Štruktívne modelovanie slovenského architekta a pedagóga Antona Vranku špecifickým spôsobom ovplyvnilo niekoľko generácií študentov pripravujúcich sa na Fakulte architektúry STU v Bratislave na povolanie architekta. Fenomén
doi:10.13164/acau.fa2016.7 fatcat:iuyiqjybzvff5lxawmc2tnnjgm