Three Buildings by Otto Wagner

English: Photo of the architect Otto Wagner.
English: Photo of the architect Otto Wagner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two weeks ago on July 13th, 2013, architect, author, and professor Otto Wagner would have turned 172 years young!  Wagner, a former professor at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts, left behind a great legacy, mainly in the capital of Austria where he crafted a defining architectural style and aesthetic for the Viennese Secession.  He was able to reshape Vienna by taking a modern approach to architecture and urban planning, taking inspiration from Roman structures and considered architecture in relation to art, science and urban lifestyles at the turn of the 20th century by denying common design conventions.  Wagner advocated using construction materials in their purest forms (unmodified) — like glass and marble –, and as a result those materials produced the neat & sleek lines associated with twentieth century modernist architecture. His main goal was to have Vienna become more livable for his fellow citizens and have the city be something its citizens could be proud of. Continue reading “Three Buildings by Otto Wagner”