Standard Excursion 1

Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals

What upsets the Viennese: from MQ to Looshaus

Gothic cathedral and modern architecture in Vienna’s inner city

Vienna: St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Haas House
© Photograph: Martina Frühwirth

The Viennese have often reacted to changes in their city with vehement resistance and ridicule. The Secession got its “golden head of cabbage”, the uncompromising Adolf Loos built his “house without eyebrows ” and Hans Hollein’s canopy for the Albertina was dubbed “the filling station”. For 20 years the development of the MuseumsQuartier was accompanied by aggressive opposition campaigns and citizens’ initiatives. This tour introduces some of these projects and explains why, after the initial scandals, today it is almost impossible to imagine the city without them.

Meeting point: in front of the Az W

  • MuseumsQuartier Wien, Ortner & Ortner, M. Wehdorn 2001
  • Secession, J. M. Olbrich, 1897; renovation: A. Krischanitz, O. Kapfinger 1986
  • Böhler Haus, Hotel Le Méridien, Roland Rainer, 1958; revitalisation: M. Wehdorn, F. Schwaighofer 2003
  • Palmenhaus, Friedrich Ohmann 1906, Eichinger oder Knechtl 1998 (conversion)
  • Albertina (redesign / extension), Steinmayr & Mascher, Hans Hollein 2002
  • Haus am Michaelerplatz, Adolf Loos 1911

End: High Rise Herrengasse, Theiss & Jaksch 1932

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Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
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Geschäftsportal mit offenen Türen
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Hertha Hurnaus
Innenstadtplatz in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Christanell
Wasserbecken an einem sonnigen Tag
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Christanell
Ansicht vom Michaelerplatz in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Christanell
Außenansicht eines Bürogebäudes
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Marion Kuzmany
Innenansicht der Kunsthalle in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Steiner
Innenansicht im mumok Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Steiner
Außenansicht der Secession in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Christanell

 

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spiegelnde Fassade
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Architekturzentrum Wien
Geschäftsportal mit offenen Türen
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Hertha Hurnaus
Innenstadtplatz in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Christanell
Wasserbecken an einem sonnigen Tag
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Christanell
Ansicht vom Michaelerplatz in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Christanell
Außenansicht eines Bürogebäudes
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Marion Kuzmany
Innenansicht der Kunsthalle in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Steiner
Innenansicht im mumok Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Steiner
Moderne Architektur und der Stephandsdom in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Martina Frühwirth
Außenansicht der Secession in Wien
Vienna City Walk: Architectural Scandals
© Photograph: Rupert Christanell