Modernism in vienna

Modernism in Vienna

The Austrian capital blends between old and new like no other city in the world. Within this fascinating Viennese metropolis holiday makers can witness a cityscape of both tradition and modern times. There is no better example to be found in Vienna than the modern glass Haas House building that stands opposite the St. Stephen’s cathedral. Original the Haas House was opposed by locals, but today it’s loved by most and for some a symbol of pride.

This is what Vienna is famous for a unique mixture of reminiscence for the times of the monarchy, and eagerness for contemporary trends. The attractions of the romantic imperial city include the splendid Imperial Palace and magnificent Sch?nbrunn Palace. And the old city is perfectly complemented by the postmodern Haas House. Elegant Art Nouveau, opulent Baroque and picturesque Biedermeier all of them invite visitors to stroll through the past.

Modern Haas House was one of the most disputed building projects of the late 20th century in Vienna. Viennese architect Hans Hollein set about to introduce a concrete and glass structure opposite St. Stephen’s cathedral.

The round curve of its facade quotes the ancient Roman citadel Vindobona, whose former layout is traceable throughout Vienna’s first district. Medieval houses were built on top of Roman ruins; modern houses were built on top of medieval ruins. Haas House uses this principle to blend into its surrounding despite its contrasting architectural style.

Today, Haas House is one of the most exciting buildings in Vienna and the city’s pride. The square of St. Stephen’s cathedral is opened up by the glass facade. Images of St. Stephen’s Cathedral reflected by the straight glass facade of Haas House are a popular motif.

The interior was designed with attention to detail. At the top one can enjoy a spectacular view of St. Stephen’s Cathedral at a beautiful coffee shop and restaurant. A boldly irregular eight-story office building with a glass-enclosed cafe on top, diagonally opposite the 600-year-old Cathedral of St. Stephen in the very heart of Vienna is a place which cannot be missed in Vienna.

The local intellectuals and young people applaud the post-modern structure, designed by Hans Hollein, one of the country’s leading architects. As per the views of Dr. Brigitte Timmermann, a historian, lecturer and author The Haas House carries on a dialogue with the ancient cathedral.

The ribbed glass front facing St. Stephen’s transforms in steps on its west side into a smooth facade with square windows; the street floor contains smart shops between austere pillars.

The Haas House is one of numerous modern and current building projects causing debate. Travel organizations now include edifices of postmodern Vienna in the sightseeing itineraries of a metropolis that is a living textbook of architecture.

Haas House is one of the most exhilarating buildings in Vienna and the city’s pride. The square of St. Stephen’s cathedral is opened up by the glass facade. Images of St. Stephen’s Cathedral reflected by the straight glass facade of Haas House are a popular motif.

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