Dialogue with Functionalism

architect Neno Kezić
project The Bucal House, Split, Croatia
written by Miće Gamulin


The late 1960s saw the end of the architectural and urban heroic functionalist phase in Split. It was an architecture that flourished in the early 1950s when the use of bad materials and construction resulted in exceptionally high design standards. Architects of the time dealt with themes such as low-cost housing intended for the working class. One such settlement is Bol in Split, which is dominated by Bombardelli’s prisms and cubes of the URBS low-cost housing system. It is in such a consistent and perhaps no longer even boring urbanism of late functionalism, which is now dominated by vegetation, that Neno Kezić designed the Bucal house.