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LOOS ORNAMENTAL Heinz Emigholz, A 2008, 72 min

Architectur as Autobiography – Adolf Loos (1870-1933) Photography and beyond – Part 13

The film shows 27 still-existing buildings and interiors by Austrian architect Adolf Loos in order of their construction. Adolf Loos was one of the pioneers of European Modernist architecture. His vehement turn against ornamentation on buildings triggered a controversy in architectural theory.

The development of his “spatial plan” launched a new way of thinking about spaces to be built. His houses, furniture for shops and apartments, facades, and monuments were built between 1899 and 1931. They were filmed in 2006 in Vienna, Lower Austria, Prague, Brno, Pilsen, Nachod, and Paris in their present surroundings.

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