On July 1, the International Day of Architects, an exciting exhibition about one of the most talented architects of Kaunas before WW2. The title, ‘ARNO FUNK[TIONALISM] (1898–1957)’, is a wordplay with his surname and the character of his projects. The exhibition is located in one of the architect's creations, the A. and P. Galaunė house-museum, and will be open for a year.
Arno Funk was also one of the most interesting and enigmatic architects of the interwar Kaunas. Little is known about his life, but the buildings he designed tell stories about interwar Lithuania, the modernisation of Kaunas, its architecture, its inhabitants and daily life.
Arno Funk’s architecture is characterised by a unique combination of elegance and functionality. He designed functional homes with beautiful facades and charming interiors. He added elegance to industrial plants and dignity to public buildings.
In 1934, he received a diploma in civil engineering from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. In the summer of 1944, he and his wife Valerija Grinkevičiūtė fled to Germany, settling in Pinneberg near Hamburg, where he died in 1957.
Among Funk’s other works in Kaunas, some of the most interesting are the Malcai house on Vytauto pr. 31 and K. Langienė house on Kęstučio g. 31, both designed while the architect was finishing his studies.
Based on information by Ciurlionis.lt