Vienna’s first picture

As a follower of SV (and perhaps also of our Instagram account) you know that for our stories we always try to show you the best pics we can take. But of course, we were not the first to take pictures of Vienna. The first publicly available photographic process was the “daguerreotype”, which was invented […]

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The Böhmische Hofkanzlei

  In its lifetime, the Böhmische Hofkanzlei (“Bohemian Court Chancellery” in English) has seen and experienced many things: all sorts of government offices, expansion works to add more space, important imperial decisions, refurbishment work after the Napoleonic wars and WWII, and even Roman history under its grounds. After this long journey, the Böhmische Hofkanzlei is now [...]

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Wien Museum

We have told you the story of two controversial buildings in Vienna: The Loos Haus and the Haas Haus. Although the architects were criticised by many, their buildings were eventually built. There is one architect who was not that lucky. It was the year 1900 and the city of Vienna was looking for a location to [...]

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Die Börse

  Can you imagine Vienna during the construction of the Ringstraße? The whole area was a construction site for many years. Fortifications being demolished, buildings under construction everywhere, and plans for more construction being prepared. During this period, many architects made a name for themselves building several buildings and leaving their mark in the city. One [...]

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Memories of the Wall

The Schwedenplatz metro station was built in 1978/79 and is the connection of the metro lines U1 and U4; a vital intersection in Vienna’s public transportation system. Part of Vienna’s fortifications used to stand at the Schwedenplantz, but after the Kaiser decided to remove the walls, the fortifications in this area were demolished in 1858/59. One [...]

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The Haas Haus

Some time ago, we told you about the Loos Haus, “the house without eyebrows”, and the controversy that its simple façade led to. Well, roughly 120 years later another building faced a similar challenge. Have you ever heard of the Haas Haus? Probably you have, but perhaps you don’t know that there were actually three versions [...]

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Neulerchenfeld

We have mentioned several times that Vienna’s city center was surrounded by walls. Well, those were not the only walls that the city had. Kaiser Leopold I decided to add an additional line of defence to the city by building 13 km of walls in 1704. This wall was nothing compared to the fortifications of the [...]

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Jugendstil Jewel: Otto Wagner’s Postsparkasse Building (open to the public Sept 9&10)!

One of the most impressive and imposing buildings in the 1st district is the Otto Wagner-designed Österreichische Postsparkasse (Austrian Postal Savings Bank) building. It was opened in 1906 and represents not only the pinnacle of Wagner’s career, but also the culmination of decades of architectural study and design work. The bank itself was established by a parliamentary [...]

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The Loos Haus

In 1909, Leopold Goldman hired Adolf Loos to build a store for his gentlemen's outfitters business. Loos agreed to do this with the condition that he would have free hand when designing the façade. During construction, the façade was covered with a scaffold and in 1910, when construction was basically finished, the time came to remove [...]

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