Vienna's Art Nouveau Architecture Tour I (Self Guided), Vienna

Vienna’s architectural displays represent a wide array of time periods and styles. The popular Art Nouveau style, or Jugendstil, impresses visitors with its bold design and façade. This walking tour will introduce you to some of Vienna’s modern buildings of the 20th century.
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Vienna's Art Nouveau Architecture Tour I Map

Guide Name: Vienna's Art Nouveau Architecture Tour I
Guide Location: Austria » Vienna (See other walking tours in Vienna)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Hundertwasserhaus
  • Kunsthaus Vienna
  • Urania Observatory
  • Postsparkasse (Austrian Postal Savings Bank)
  • Anker Clock
  • Haas House
  • Loos Haus
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Hundertwasserhaus

1) Hundertwasserhaus (must see)

The Hundertwasserhaus is one of the most interesting, yet odd, architectural building complexes in Vienna. It sits as an antithetical statement about what architecture can be, as it is compared to the surrounding buildings of its neighborhood. It can almost look like a rainbow, with all the colorful walls. The walls and crooked, yet seem to flow in and out of one another. There is simply nothing else like it in the city.

The construction was the brain child of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. He was born in 1928, and sadly passed away in 2001. The designer did not finish the place until 1984, because of some legal issues. He was a painter by trade, who over time became increasingly interested in architectural design that could live in harmony with nature. He was also a political activist, who constantly pushed the Viennese government to move away from a totally conservative look for the city.

The Hundertwasserhaus is not very far away from the center of the city. In fact, it is a comfortable walk from most of the major sites of Vienna. It is well worth the walk to see this most fascinating place.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Kunsthaus Vienna

2) Kunsthaus Vienna (must see)

The Kinsthauswein is the brain child of the famous Viennese artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The complex is now a museum dedicated to the work of the man. It can be located in the Landstrabe District of town. The place is the only official spot that keeps a permanent display of the works of the famous artist. Even the building itself was designed to be able to show off the works in a pleasing manner. At last note, the location received over 170,000 visitors every year, making it a very popular tourist destination in Vienna.

The building was designed and erected in 1892. The original structure used to be a furniture factory that was, at one time, famous for inventing the so called bistro chair. The famous artist designed the structure in typical fashion for his work. You will find flowing non straight floors and curved walls that make you feel as though you are moving in and out of areas. It opened to the public in 1991 as a museum.

Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00 am - 6 p.m.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Urania Observatory

3) Urania Observatory

The Urania is an observatory located in Vienna. But to call it just that would be to miss the truly eclectic nature of this place. Over the years, it has branched into a place that holds educational events and lectures, has a restaurant and bar, and also serves as, of all things, a puppet theater. That is quite the mix of things for one small place.

The structure is done in an art nouveau style. The designer was Max Fabiani, who studied under the famous Otto Wagner. It sits very close to the Wien River, in a very scenic part of town. The institution officially opened for business in 1910. The building was named after the famous muse of astronomy.

During the second world war, the building was severely damaged, and the observatory was rendered completely useless. Thanks to some generous patrons, however the location was reopened for business in 1957. The puppet theater has become one of the most famous parts of the place now.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: April - September 12pm - 4pm and 7pm - 11pm; October - May 12pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Postsparkasse (Austrian Postal Savings Bank)

4) Postsparkasse (Austrian Postal Savings Bank)

The Austrian Postal Savings Bank is housed in one of the buildings in Vienna that was created by the famous Otto Wagner. The organization as a whole was invented by Georg Coch. He had studied the principles of banking abroad, and came back home and opened the first bank in Vienna, and the whole area, that would do so called “moneyless transfers.” Bank transfers would simply being recorded as a credit on a ledger for one, and a debit on the ledger for another account, thereby eliminating the need to have lots of cash on hand at the bank to do such simple transfers.

The building is regarded as an important work of Vienna Secession – a branch of Art Nouveau that counts among the most important examples of classic Austrian architecture. It was a early example of a building done with a steel grid system, and then reinforced with concrete. This type of construction is now done the world over, and is considered pretty much standard fair. However, for the early 1900s, when the building was erected, it was considered a marvel to behold for this new technique. You will find the place at the southern end of the Ringstrabe, and is included in many tours of the area.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Anker Clock

5) Anker Clock

The anchor clock is a large music box at the house of Helvetia-Versicherung (formerly life and pension insurance company "Der Anker" )at Hohen Markt 10–11 in the old town of Vienna . The anchor watch is considered one of the outstanding works of art nouveau and is a popular tourist attraction.

The art nouveau painter Franz Matsch was responsible for the artistic design , the clockwork was designed by the imperial court and chamber watchmaker Franz Morawetz . The mechanical organ was put into operation for the first time on December 2, 1914, while the facility was completed in the summer of 1915, and on August 18, 1915. The first trial run was held in front of many spectators, fitting the birthday of the emperor.

The watch is designed as a linear watch, in which a figure slides over a scale for one hour using a chain drive and is then replaced by the next figure. The respective hour is given as a Roman number above the figure, the minutes can be read on the scale. The figures are between 2.6 and 2.8 meters high and made of copper, Franz Matsch personally selected them. A sonorous hourly chime sounds every full hour. At twelve o'clock all twelve figures (groups) pass by, accompanied by a piece of music that fits the figure, originally from a mechanical organ with 800 pipes, today as digital sound reproduction. The order in which the figures appear corresponds to the historical sequence.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Haas House

6) Haas House

The Haas House of Vienna is a very modern example of architecture in a town where there is a premium of buildings done in a conservative manner. In fact, the project to build this structure was highly debated and contested. It almost didn’t happen at all. The architect of record was Haus Hollein.

The issue surrounds the fact that the modern style building, made of concrete and lots of glass, sits next to St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Such a change in style was considered to detract from the classic beauty of the old Catholic house of worship.

The facade of the location is round, and is reminiscent of the old Vindobona. This style of home can be found all across the First District of the City. Newer homes were built on top of the old Roman structures underneath, and tried to use some of the those structures to anchor newer buildings. In a similar way, the Haas project tried to use these principles to have the building blend into the architecture of old. Take a ride to the top of the building, to the coffee house, and enjoy the view of the old Cathedral, along with a lovely cup of coffee.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Loos Haus

7) Loos Haus

The Loos Haus was designed by the famous architect of the same last name, i.e. Adolf Loos. It represents one of the most important contributions to Viennese architecture, because of its classic Wiener Moderne style. It has a simple, yet sticking facade, which was the source of much controversy in the day. One will notice that there are no window bays done with the usual “stucco and lintels.”

Emperor Franz Josef, at first sight of the project, considered it to be an eye sore, and tried to have the project stopped. He considered the building to really be a silent form of protest against the luxury of the Hofburg. The citizens of Vienna were also shocked by its simple design. In fact, they ended up naming the place “the home without eyebrows.” The local community actually resorted to attacks against Mr. Loos. To help the problem, he agreed to decorate some of the window ledges with flower pots.

There is a simple beauty in the sleek lines of the structure though. Many buildings designed after it also started making use of the simpler design, and also moved away from the classic facade that was so much the hallmark of Wienner Secession style architecture. The total project was not completed until 1912, because of the issues with the change in style.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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