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Exhibition

Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus

SammlungsLab #4

Thu 13.06.2019 – Mon 19.08.2019, daily 10:00-19:00
Coloured sketch of a multi-storey semicircular house

Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985–1990, sketch
© Archive Hans Hollein, Az W and MAK, Vienna

Even before and during its construction the Haas-Haus directly opposite St. Stephen's Cathedral caused many a controversy. On the occasion of Hans Hollein’s (1934-2014) 85th birthday we open up his archives and offer insight into the conception of what is probably his most famous Viennese building.

Initially commissioned as a conversion study, a new building, completed in 1990, proved more cost-effective. In the fourth episode of the Architekturzentrum Wien SammlungsLab series, a diversity of models and drawings show the genesis of the project considering urban analysis, extensive studies for the façade and atrium as well as the lettering and the colour of the site fencing. The abundance of preserved material provides an insight into the work process at Atelier Hollein. Discarded ideas, alternatives, different approaches, the references and the metaphors are revealed with a depth never shown before. Press reports document the at times intense debate.

In 2002 the five-storey atrium was removed while the building’s external appearance was retained. The Haas-Haus has been a listed building since 2012.

house from bird's eye view
Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985–1990, view from St. Stephens Cathedral
© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Friedrich Achleitner
Square with house with mirror glass
Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985–1990
© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Friedrich Achleitner
glass dome with staircase
Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985–1990
© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Friedrich Achleitner
Architectural model with stairs
Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985–1990, model interior, from the Archive Hans Hollein, Az W and MAK, Vienna
© photograph: Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection
patterned coloured fence with tall buildings behind and passers-by in the foreground
Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985–1990, Site fence
© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Friedrich Achleitner
coloured sketch of the atrium
Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985-1990, sketch of the atrium
© Archive Hans Hollein, Az W and MAK, Vienna
sketch in black white
Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985-1990, sketch
© Archive Hans Hollein, Az W and MAK, Vienna
black-and-white photograph from construction site
Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985-1990, construction site, 1989
© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Margherita Spiluttini

An extensive part of Hollein’s estate was acquired by the Republic of Austria in 2016 for the MAK, and has been entrusted to the Az W on permanent loan. Ever since, the ‘Archive Hans Hollein, Az W and MAK, Vienna’ has been accessible to the Architekturzentrum Wien for inventory and analysis. The exhibition not only examines the complexity of the design but also demonstrates the significance of architects’ estates in providing a deeper understanding of the culture of the built environment.

 

Opening of the Exhibition

Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at
Opening "Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus", 12.06.2019
© photograph: eSeL.at

Curator: Mechthild Ebert, Az W

Design/graphics: Alexander Barina

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