Last week I gave a lecture at Notre Dame School of Architecture on the work of Otto Wagner, H.P. Berlage, and Eliel Saarinen, and how these architects worked in the space between urban and architectural form. At the turn of … Continue reading →
Ringstrasse Plan, Vienna, 1860 The new Ringstrasse development did not stitch the historic city center with the surrounding suburbs as much as permanently separate them. Rather than a series of urban spaces and connections it was essentially a linear void that circumnavigated the historic city.
Otto Wagner, Stadtmuseum (1901): The building facade is continuous with the block, and deflects to define the street. There are formal braks and emphases for both architectural and urban affect (entrances, monumental symmety where appropriate. Note the 'corners' of the building are designed not as part of an autonomous building with its own architectonic logic, but in support of the large urban gestures the building makes.