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Opening & Panel discussion & Summer Party

The Haas-Haus Issue

To accompany the exhibition 'Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus'

Wed 12.06.2019, 19:00-22:00
Multi-storey semicircular building with glass facade and parking cars in front of it

Hans Hollein, Haas-Haus, Vienna, AT, 1985–1990, view from Stephansdom
© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, photograph: Friedrich Achleitner

At the opening of the fourth SammlungsLab, we pursue the question: What can and is modern architecture allowed to do in the historical city centre? What impact has the Haas-Haus had on subsequent new buildings in the inner city?

Hans Hollein’s prominent building on Stephansplatz was opened in September 1990. Paragraph 85 of the Viennese building regulations, which covers the coexistence of the old and the new, had been modified three years earlier. What has been completed in the 1st District since then? What is actually possible? What significance is ascribed to new buildings in a culture-political context and in the culture of building? A broadly based discussion engages with the role of and the possibilities for modern architecture in the inner city of Vienna.

Welcome address:

Angelika Fitz, Director of the Az W

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, General Director of the MAK


Maria Auböck, Landscape architect, President of the ZV

Mechthild Ebert, Az W

Lilli Hollein, Director of Vienna Design Week

Franz Kobermaier, Department Head of MA 19 — Architecture and Urban Planning

Hannes Swoboda, President of the Az W

moderated by Christian Kühn, Architekturstiftung Österreich

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