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The Sky Is Not Enough

The Sky Is Not Enough

Approaching on the U1, the DC tower juts out from the landscape, a huge melanite shaft, dwarfing the surrounding buildings. It opened its doors in October and at 250 metres it’s Austria’s tallest skyscraper and the third tallest in Europe. There has been much debate over the development of what some people still jokingly call […]

Austro-techture turns 20

For its 20-year anniversary, the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W) is exhibiting a substantial part of its vast collection for the first time, under the title “The gold of AzW”. This exhibition includes design drawings, plans, sketchbooks, photographs and models, from important eras of Austrian architecture. At its founding in 1993, the Centre aimed to present, […]

Close to Paradise: Seemingly Secret Gardens

Close to Paradise: Seemingly Secret Gardens

It’s hardly surprising that Vienna’s long hot summers and rich, porous soils have resulted in a city full of parks and gardens. Most genres are represented, from English and French to Alpine and desert. The closest to paradise, however, are its Japanese and East Asian gardens.     A timeless space The district of Döbling […]

Vienna Meets The Mall

April saw the opening of the much-anticipated “Wien Mitte The Mall”, the transformed transportation hub at Wien Mitte that allows newcomers to enter Vienna via the City Airport Train (CAT) into a brand-new, six-story shopping mall. For some five years, this point of entry was plagued by scaffolding, construction and shifting labyrinthine detours, offering a […]

NYC Meets Vienna Design

On 17 April, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York opened The Vienna Model, celebrating the architectural tradition of Red Vienna, creating public housing for the Viennese between 1925 and 1934. The socialist government began funding the construction of Gemeindebauten: small, affordable living spaces, within an integrated infrastructure. Also in New York, Koloman Moser: Designing Modern […]

A Soviet Legacy, Not Quite Lost

A Soviet Legacy, Not Quite Lost

To most westerners, Soviet architecture means imposing, Neo-Gothic Stalinist towers, but the USSR’s 70-odd-year history saw other equally striking – if less celebrated – architectural styles. In the 1920s, a movement of Constructivist architects sought to reshape urban life with an ideal of a utilitarian, strictly functional living and working space. Driven by revolutionary fervour, […]

Soviet Architecture on Display

The exhibition “Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991. Unknown Stories” at the Architekturzentrum Wien is inviting the most important experts on the Soviet Modern period to take part at the 19th Vienna Architecture Congress. On 24 and 25 Nov., architectural historians, urban planners, cultural theorists and architects from the former Soviet Union will discuss issues like […]

1.2-metre-wide house unveiled in Warsaw

1.2-metre-wide house unveiled in Warsaw

Part work of art, part place of residence, architect Jakub Szczesny has completed a two-story aluminum house wedged between two modern apartment blocks in the Polish capital, and welcomed its first tenant. Funded by the Foundation of Polish Modern Art and the Warsaw City Hall, the 10m-deep and 9m-high building measures a mere 1.2m in […]

Vienna’s Croatian Connection

Vienna’s Croatian Connection

In a city endowed with history, place names in Vienna often evoke brief encounters from another time, moments when eventual figures of history stayed in a hotel (Mark Twain, 1897-99), might have crossed paths in a park (Stalin and Hitler in January and February 1913), dined in the same restaurant (Ludwig von Beethoven, Franz Grillparzer, […]

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