Monday, January 31, 2011
This week I´m taking you to the Austrian Theater Museum. It is located in the baroque Lobkowitz Palace, the first important urban palace constructed after the second siege by the Turks in 1683. So let´s enter the beautiful wooden door!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Do you remember the Christmas illumination on Graben? The chandeliers have finally been removed last week, and I have to say that after seeing them for nearly two months the Graben now seems a little empty to me, but they surely will be back next December.
Friday, January 28, 2011
The title of the new installation in the window of the Swarovski shop is "Bewitched": Wild, mystical bird-like creatures are milling around in a spooky yet beautiful forest, wearing magnificent gowns, embroidered with crystals, created by renown designers from England (Julian MacDonald, Vivienne Westwood), Japan (Jumi Katsura), Israel (Dany Mizrahi) and India (JJ Valaya). For pictures of previous installations please click here.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Hermès collaborated with a Dutch bicycle manufacturer and adorned a typical old Dutch bicycle with meticulously stitched leather accents on the frame, saddle and handles. Personally, I prefer the modern, more sportive bicycles - but maybe that´s only because I can´t afford such a chic one...
Monday, January 24, 2011
After our last week´s little walk in the northern outskirts we are now back to the city center and its shop windows. Let´s start with these reflections in the window of an optician in Wollzeile.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Here´s a view of Himmelstraße in the 19th district: on the left side a wayside shrine, on the right side the spire of the Grinzing parish church. Grinzing was integrated into the city of Vienna in 1892, the reputation of this area is based on its viticulture and numerous Heurige (wine taverns where the most recent wine is served).
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I love this house on Greiner Strasse with the pretzel and the two crescents on the facade. I don´t know if they indicate that in the past the building housed a bakery or if they simply try to call attention to the café that you can find there nowadays.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Lately the weather was just like in spring, yesterday (Sunday) everybody was out to enjoy the unusual temperatures and the sun. I took a walk in the northern outskirts, that´s were I stumbled upon this colourful painted car that made me think of the hippie movement...
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
This doorway in Rauhensteingasse 3 in the city center is very interesting: It shows manifold freemasonic symbols - 3 doorknobs, 3 bells on each side of the door and 2 intertwined squares (2x4= 8 the perfect number). The rough stone dangling under the street number symbolizes the imperfect man who needs to be worked by the mason in order to get shaped and smoothed. In this building the members of the Austrian Grand Lodge get together once in a week.For the history of Freemasonry in Austria please click here.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I spotted these beautiful photographs some days ago in a photo gallery in the Nouvel Tower. The gallery offers a huge variety of works from established photographers, newcomers and historical archives in hand-signed limited editions. I would love to buy all of these photographs!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
For the moment that´s the last photo of the Jean Nouvel tower ;-) Normally, I don´t take pictures of escalators, but in this special case I had to make an exeption. Once again I love the light!
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Another modern building on the banks of the Danube Canal is the newly constructed 75m high tower designed by French architect Jean Nouvel (click here for a photo I took last summer and here for a video about the building). It houses not only the luxury hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, but also restaurants, a bar and a design shopping center. In this photo you can see the entrance of the hotel and a colourful ceiling painting by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
The facade of the UNIQA Tower, a 75m high office building of an insurance group on the banks of the Danube Canal, was designed as media facade. A matrix of 160.000 individually controllable LED video pixels is attached to profiles in between the double layered glass facade (7.000 sqm) and brings the building to life when it gets dark. Currently stars are moving all over the facade. If you want to get a better idea of some of the light installations, please click here, here or here.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
This was my view while waiting for the subway after running the last errands for Christmas. I love the light and atmosphere in this photo. In the distance you can see some modern apartment buildings in the 22nd district.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
I wouldn´t say that this photo, posted originally on November 30, is the best photo of the last year, but I really like it a lot, because it´s funny (the hat resembles a lot the chrysanthemums) and the colours correspond perfectly to the season.
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