Architecture Publications

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

4-2013

Journal or Book Title

Austrian History Yearbook

Volume

44

First Page

331

Last Page

332

DOI

10.1017/S0067237813000386

Abstract

In this generously illustrated study of the Looshaus in Vienna, Christopher Long presents a multifaceted account of this once controversial and now widely admired building. Situated on Vienna’s Michaelerplatz, opposite an entrance to the Hofburg Palace, Adolf Loos’s Looshaus was completed in 1911 for the elite Goldman & Salatsch tailor and outfitting firm as a showroom, business office, and work studio on two floors with rental apartments on the upper four floors. Long presents his findings in fifteen short chapters that offer a chronological narrative of the project’s development, while also following Loos’s personal life as he struggled emotionally, physically, and professionally to get the project built to his design. The chapters zoom in and out of the building itself to encompass not only its design principles and the local debates surrounding it, but also his close friendships with Viennese culturati, including Peter Altenberg, Karl Kraus, and Oskar Kokoschka. Long is able to knit all of this together convincingly by always keeping Loos and the building at the center of his story.

Comments

This book review is from Austrian History Yearbook 44 (2013): 331–332, doi:10.1017/S0067237813000386. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Center for Austrian Studies, University of Minnesota

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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