Architecture in Vienna 1900 [Details]


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Vienna around 1900 is the seedbed for an architectural style that culminated in the functionalism of Adolf Loos and played a crucial role in the development of modernism and postmodernism. Modern architecture, as defined by Otto Wagner, was a progressive program that dispensed with formal elements and the abundance of decoration that had characterized nineteenth century architecture. Wagner's style integrates function into aesthetic form. His Postal Saving's Bank, for example, has smooth wall dressings that lend aesthetic justification to his argument that the "modern eye" has lost its sense for a small and intimate scale and become accustomed to longer straight lines, to more expansive surfaces, and to plainer silhouetting.