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The story of the Hosenträgerhaus

At the corner of the Universitätsstrasse and the Garnisongasse in the district of Alsergrund there is a house with a peculiar name: Hosenträgerhaus (literally the “suspenders haus”). The architect of the house was Otto Wagner, it was built in 1887/1888, and it appears that the origins of the nickname Hosenträger are found in the vertical…

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November 7, 2019

The story of the Otto Wagner Pavilion Karlsplatz

We have told you a bit about Otto Wagner and his influence on Viennese architecture and design. Perhaps his largest project was the design of the Stadtbahn that today can be seen along the metro lines U4 and U6. An important station of the Stadtbahn was one located at Karlsplatz as it was the first…

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August 11, 2019

Top 5 Otto Wagner buildings you should know about

Otto Wagner is one of the most famous architects of the Jugendstil period in Austria.  He was the architect of several important projects in the city such as the well-known Postsparkasse, the Stadtbahn, (metropolitan railway system), and Kirche am Steinhof. But there are other perhaps less-known places where Otto Wagner left his mark. Here our…

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March 7, 2019

Wagner’s House of Muses

Over the past weeks we have told you about the Majolikahaus and Klöstergasse 3, two of the three Houses of the Wienzeile designed by Otto Wagner. Today it’s time to tell you a bit about the 3rd hours, located at Linke Wienzeile 38, and sometimes referred to as the Musenhaus (House of the Muse). Built…

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February 19, 2019

Otto Wagner’s bathtub made of glass

We recently told you about the Majolikahaus near the Naschmarkt, which is surely the most noticeable of the Otto-Wagner-designed houses of the Wienzeile, but its siblings also have stories to tell. Of the three ‘Wienzeilenhäuser’ that Wagner built at the end of the 19th century, the house located at Klöstergasse 3 is probably the least…

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February 12, 2019

Otto Wagner and the Majolikahaus

The Linke Wienzeile is home to many impressive buildings, but one of the most eye-catching has to be the Majolikahaus with its elegantly cheerful flower facade. It is located next to another impressive but slightly more subdued Otto Wagner building, and together with yet another Otto Wagner building just around the corner, it is known…

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February 6, 2019

An Artistic Villa

Driving into or out of Vienna in the direction of Hütteldorf, you may come across an impressive aquamarine-accented villa standing in relative isolation at the edges of the Vienna forest. This is the Villa Wagner I, also known as the Fuchs-Villa for the artist Ernst Fuchs. It was built after designs by Otto Wager from…

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January 19, 2019

The story of the “Schemerlbrücke”

Some days ago, your SV explorer went to look for the lions that appear on the cover of the catalogue, which has been prepared for the Otto Wagner exhibition that is taking place at the Vienna Museum. These are located at the “Schemerlbrücke” not far away from the last station of the tram D. The…

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July 22, 2018

Otto Wagner’s Hofpavillon

Did you watch the famous new year’s concert on January 1? In addition to the many images of the national library, perhaps you remember the “Wiener Moderne” segment presented during the concert and also the ballet performance. This performance took place at the Hofpavillon (The Imperial Court Pavilion) at the station Hietzing of what used…

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January 4, 2018

Jugendstil Jewel: Otto Wagner’s Postsparkasse Building

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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September 9, 2017

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