“The Terrassenhaus. A Viennese Fetish?” at Architekturzentrum Wien

October 5, 2017

The Terrassenhaus is more topical than ever. The new SammlungsLab exhibition format provides an opportunity to examine the concept in the context of contemporary building practise. Since the design of the Terrassenhaus by Adolf Loos in 1923, this type of development has been regarded as an innovative type of urban housing in Vienna.

 

Harry Glück & Partner, Kurt Hlaweniczka, Franz Requat und Thomas Reinthaller, Housing complex Alterlaa, 1973-1985, 1230 Vienna, Anton-Baumgartner-Straße 44 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Harry Glück & Partner, Kurt Hlaweniczka, Franz Requat und Thomas Reinthaller, Housing complex Alterlaa, 1973-1985, 1230 Vienna, Anton-Baumgartner-Straße 44 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

 

The first SammlungsLab pursues the phases of development and significance of the Terrassenhaus from that day to this. The Terrassenhaus promises to fulfil user-demand for a closeness to nature in combination with urban density. It also opens up formal possibilities for architects to reinterpret the closed housing block.


 

Practical Information

“The Terrassenhaus. A Viennese Fetish?”
October 19, 2017  – January 8, 2018
Architekturzentrum Wien
Museumsplatz 1, Vienna
Austria

 


The exhibition is based on the thesis that the Terrassenhaus is a double-edged affair understood, on the one hand, as a concept, and on the other as a specific type of building. In a dialogue with the stocks of the collection, light is shed on the topic in four chapters based on historical and contemporary examples, and the lively debate between rejection and fetishism. The centrepoint of the exhibition is provided by five Viennese Terrassenhäuser as a large scale assemblage that reinterprets the German Glyptothek of the 19th century and transforms it for today.

 

Viktor Hufnagl, Erich Bauer, Leo Parenzan, Joachim Peters, Michael Pribitzer, Wohnhausanlage „Am Schöpfwerk“, 1220 Wien, 1967-1981  © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Viktor Hufnagl, Erich Bauer, Leo Parenzan, Joachim Peters, Michael Pribitzer, Wohnhausanlage „Am Schöpfwerk“, 1220 Wien, 1967-1981 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Arbeitsgruppe 4, housing mountains – a new urban form of development, 1964  © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

Arbeitsgruppe 4, housing mountains – a new urban form of development, 1964 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection

 

Curated and designed by Lorenzo De Chiffre in collaboration with Monika Platzer, Az W. Guided tour by the curators: Thu 26.10., 14:00, for the Open Day.

Viktor Hufnagl, Erich Bauer, Leo Parenzan, Joachim Peters, Michael Pribitzer, Wohnhausanlage „Am Schöpfwerk“, 1220 Wien, 1967-1981  © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Viktor Hufnagl, Erich Bauer, Leo Parenzan, Joachim Peters, Michael Pribitzer, Wohnhausanlage „Am Schöpfwerk“, 1220 Wien, 1967-1981 © Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, Margherita Spiluttini

Atelier Kempe Thill, competition aspern International, 2015  © Kempe Thill

Atelier Kempe Thill, competition aspern International, 2015 © Kempe Thill


 

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