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walter loos. paraíso argentino

fridl loos, hermann loos

The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition "The Unknown Loos: Walter. Paraíso Latinoamericano" (02.03.-22.05.2006) at the Architekturzentrum Wien and puts the architect, furniture designer, bohemian and emigrant Walter Loos in the spotlight.


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Whenever somebody talks about Loos in an architecture context the immediate presumption is that they are talking about Adolf. However this exhibition and the catalogue is dedicated to one of his younger colleagues and namesake: Walter Loos (1905–1974), whose estate was entrusted to the Az W in 2003. Walter Loos was also an architect and a furniture designer, a Bohemian… and emigrated.
Although this Loos’ oeuvre as an architect is not very extensive his buildings in Austria and Argentina are among the most interesting of their time. He has been forgotten, among other reasons, because he did not complete any public buildings or publish any theoretical writings, and from 1940 onwards he moved off the Austrian radar, so to speak, to distant Argentina.