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Haus Portois & Fix in Vienna

Haus Portois & Fix in Vienna, Austria

This building was built in 1899/1901 for the company Portois & Fix by the architect Max Fabiani. The façade is decorated by tiles produced in the Hungarian porcelain manufacture Zsolnay. The pattern of the façade was designed by using tiles with two different shades of green.

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Architecture Bauhaus Walter Gropius World Heritage Sites

Konsum building (1928)

Konsum building (1928) in Dessau-Roßlau

The day was already dawning when I reached the Konsum building. This was built in 1928 to plans by Walter Gropius. Its unusual height and its function as a department store made it a focal point of the Törten Housing Estate. The attached low-rise building with the shop floor is not visible in this photo.

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Architecture Classicism Murals

“Altes Wettbüro” in Dresden

Mural on the restaurant "Altes Wettbüro" in Dresden

I discovered this faded mural on a classicistic building near the Albertplatz in Dresden. At the time of my visit, the house is being used as a restaurant under the name “Altes Wettbüro” (“Old Betting Office”).

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Architecture Bauhaus Restaurants

Restaurant Kornhaus (1930)

View of the restaurant's wintergardenAfter a long walk through the parks of Dessau, it’s time for dinner. According to the theme of the day, this takes place in a building in the style of the Bauhaus. The restaurant Kornhaus was designed in the years 1929/30 by the architect Carl Flieger.

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Architecture Bauhaus

Trinkhalle in Dessau-Roßlau

Trinkhalle in Dessau-Roßlau

Not far from the master houses in Dessau-Roßlau stands this reconstruction of a Trinkhalle (drinking hall). The original building was designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1932. At that time, he was director of the Dessauer Bauhaus. The building survived World War II but was demolished in the 1970s.

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Architecture Museums

Bomann Museum in Celle

Bomann-Museum in Celle, Germany

The museum for Lower Saxon ethnology and history was built in the years 1903/07 by architect Alfred Sasse in the style of historicism. Originally the museum was named Vaterländisches Museum (National Museum) but has been renamed after his founder Wilhelm Bomann in 1928.

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Architecture Otto Wagner

Otto Wagner Schützenhaus

Schützenhaus by Otto Wagner in Vienna, Austria

The Schützenhaus was built in the years 1904 – 1908 according to plans by Otto Wagner. The building was part of a planned weir. The name Schützenhaus refers to the control gates (Schütze) used in such weirs. Today, the building houses a restaurant called “Otto Wagner Schützenhaus”.

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Architecture Otto Wagner

Majolikahaus in Vienna

Majolikahaus in Vienna, Austria

The Majolikahaus was built in 1898. The building was designed by Otto Wagner, the floral design on the façade was created by his student Alois Ludwig. The name of the house refers to the fact, that the façade is revetted with Maiolica ([ger.] = Majolika) elements.

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Architecture Urban Walks

Loos House in Vienna

Looshaus in Vienna, Austria

The Loos House (Looshaus) is considered a central building of the Viennese Modern Age (Wiener Moderne). It was designed around 1910 by architect Adolf Loos. Because of the missing decorative elements above the windows, the Viennese called this building “The house without eyebrows”.

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Architecture

Riding Hall in Coburg

Horse's head at the riding hall in Coburg, Germany

The Coburg Riding Hall (Coburger Reiterhalle) is in the immediate vicinity of Ehrenburg Palace (Schloss Ehrenburg). It was built in 1852 according to the plans of master builder Georg Konrad Rothbart. The sculptural horse’s head in the tondo directly above the pointed arch portal was created by Theodor Behrens.

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Architecture

Post office building (1937) in Knittelfeld

Post office building dating back to 1937 in Knittelfeld, Austria

This post office building at the Kapuzinerplatz was built in the year 1937. The architecture is pretty Alpine, the oriel is modeled on the Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) in Innsbruck. The decorations on the oriel show different mail services in course of time.

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Architecture

German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle (Saale)

Headquarter of the German Federal Cultural Foundation in Halle (Saale), Germany

Right next to the buildings of the Francke Foundations I came across this fascinating architecture. It’s the headquarter of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Kulturstiftung des Bundes). The purpose of this foundation is to promote and fund art and culture within the framework of federal responsibility.