Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Geymüllerschlössel #1

The Geymüllerschlössel  was constructed after 1808 as a “summer villa” for the merchant and banker Johann Jakob Geymüller (1760–1834). The edifice shows a blend of Gothic, Indian and Arabic styles as was common in pleasure buildings of the period. The architect is unknown to date. Today the villa is decorated with original furniture from the first half of the 19th century and a site of the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK).

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunny Autumn Afternoon

Here's another photo taken last Friday when, after a week of very autumnal weather, the sun was finally back and a lot of people enjoyed an afternoon on the banks of the Danube Canal. The weather was this nice during the entire weekend...

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Enjoying a Warm Autumn Afternoon

During the first two weeks of September the weather was still summerlike, but then the temperature dropped considerably overnight and it felt pretty much like in November. Yesterday afternoon it was rather warm and sunny again and the outdoor areas of the cafés and restaurants were much frequented.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sunset Obsession #32

I had to give up my evening bicycle tours during the week because of my job and the early sunset, but last Sunday I took advantage of the beautiful weather and did a short tour. The sky looked great...

Thursday, September 22, 2016

University of Economics #3

Building D2 of the University of Economics was designed by Japanese Hitoshi Abe Studio. The facade was inspired by French millefeuille pastry.
The façade design was inspired by French Millefeuille pastry,

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

University of Economics #2

The six groups of buildings of the University of Economics are rather different in style. When I saw this building for the very first time I didn't like it all, but meanwhile I got used to the design by Sir Peter Cook and CRABstudio, London. It's definitely eye-catching...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

University of Economics #1

In August I took part in an instawalk at the campus of the University of Economics. I've already been there several times, but it was fun exploring it this time with a group of other amateur photographers and witness the reactions of those who saw the buildings for the very first time. The campus consists of six groups of buildings, each of which designed by another architect of international repute and very different in style. The Department building D4 was designed by Estudio Carme Pinós S. L., based in Barcelona (Spain).

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cigarette Break

Some bank employees taking a cigarette break in the courtyard of the Loos Haus.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Flowers #204

“One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day;
similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.” - Aristotle

Saturday, September 17, 2016

What a View!

Looking out of the window of a meeting room at the Loos Haus, you see the Michaelerplatz and the Imperial Palace. How can anyone focus on business things with such a view?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Inside the Loos Haus #3

Here's a last view of the representation premises at the Loos Haus.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Inside the Loos Haus #3

Only the best was good enough for the decoration of the representation premises at the Loos Haus.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Inside the Loos Haus #2

We are now in the representation premises on the first floor of the Loos Haus. Originally the edifice housed the exclusive men's clothier Goldman & Salatsch, a very successful company during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and until the 1930s. It was liquidated bevor the beginning of World War II.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Inside the Loos Haus #1

The Loos Haus currently houses offices of a bank and is not open to the public, but some instagramers recently had the opportunity to visit the inside. Guess who was amongst those lucky people... Let's start our tour with the staircase.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Loos Haus

I have already shown you the Loos Haus here, but as I recently had the opportunity to visit it inside thanks to an instawalk, I wanted to start the "tour" with another exterior view. The Loos Haus was designed by Austrian architect Adolf Loos and built in 1909 for Leopold Goldmann who owned an exclusive men's clothier. The plain facade caused a great scandal, the general public even demanded the demolition of the building.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lonesome

A lonesome stand up paddler on the New Danube on Thursday evening...

Friday, September 9, 2016

Take Your Time

I love olive trees, they make me think of my vacations in Southern Europe. Recently I discovered some in front of a Spanish café and deli in the 7th district. I also love the name of this café: "Toma tu tiempo" (= Take your time).

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Calle Libre #7

A street artist creating a mural during the "Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics". Unfortunately I couldn't find out the girl's name. Maybe she was an "intruder" and simply seized the opportunity? She positioned her artwork between two murals that I have already shown you (here and here).

Monday, September 5, 2016

Under my Umbrella

In the 17th district a square has been embellished by an installation of 240 umbrellas. It's nice to watch the  colourful umbrellas move slightly with every gentle breeze.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sunday Flowers #202

"August has passed, and yet summer continues by force to grow days. They sprout secretly between the chapters of the year, covertly included between its pages." - Jonathan Safran Foer

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Intergenerational Café

In August I finally was at "Vollpension", an intergenerational café, run by and for the old and the young. Originally the café was only intended as a temporary project in 2012 to create jobs for retirees, but then it was so successful that the operators looked for a permanent location. I found the atmosphere very relaxed, the furniture is a mixture of colours and styles and the customers matched with the furniture (young and old, hip and "normal", several mothers with babies). The cakes are baked directly in the café, and they are delicious!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Theme Day: Library

Emperor Charles VI ordered the construction of the Baroque State Hall for his Court Library. It was built from 1723 till 1726 according to the plans of the famous court architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, and carried out by his son Joseph Emanuel. The ceiling frescoes were completed in 1730 by the court painter Daniel Gran. The space of the book cupboards is enough for about 200.000 volumes.
Click here to view thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

China Magic

Tomorrow the light show "China Magic – Festival of Light" will celebrate its European premiere on Vienna’s Danube Island: Up to 20m tall buildings, dragons, famous personalities and artworks in silk and bamboo have been set up and will be illuminated. The festival will also offer an insight into the typical culture of China with dance shows, music and food. Chinese lantern festivals have a history going back over 2.000 years and traditionally bring the New Year’s festival lasting several days to a close. The show on the Danube Island involves 25 km of silk, 20 tonnes of bamboo and steel as well as 18.000 LED lamps. It has taken 30 days to set up the more than 30 artworks. During my bicycle tours I passed by several times and could watch how they were set up. The festival runs through October 9.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Academy of Fine Arts

The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna was founded in 1692 as a private academy by the court-painter Peter Strudel. With his death in 1714, the academy temporarily closed. In 1726 the academy was reestablished as Imperial and Royal Court Academy of painters, sculptors and architecture, a public Institution. In 1772 the organisational structure was reformed and all existing art schools were integrated into the Imperial and Royal Unified Academy of Fine Arts. In 1872 Emperor Franz Joseph I approved a statute making the academy the supreme government authority for the arts. A new building, designed by Theophil Hansen, was constructed in the course of the layout of the Ringstraße boulevard. On 3 April 1877, the present-day building on Schillerplatz in the city center was inaugurated.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Presidential Rave 2.0

Every six years Austria votes a new President. The last elections took place in April and May 2016. Norbert Hofer, the candidate of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) won the first round, but was narrowly defeated by the Green-backed Alexander Van der Bellen in the run-off. After an appeal by the Freedom Party's leader the results were invalidated by the Constitutional Court due to formal irregularities (several counting centres had begun to process postal votes on the eve of the election rather than on the day after, as Austrian electoral law requires) only one week before Van der Bellen was due to be sworn into office. The revote will take place on October 2, and the election campaign has just restarted... Yesterday there were several concerts in different locations, a rally and an after party (under the title "presidential rave 2.0") organised by the supporters of Van der Bellen. I happened to pass by one of the concerts in Stephansplatz.