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Loos Ornamental

A 2008, 72 min

27 still-existing buildings and interiors by Austrian architect and pioneer of European Modernist architecture 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. LOOS ORNAMENTAL captures the buildings in their present surroundings in Vienna, Lower Austria, Prague, Brno, Pilsen, Nachod, and Paris.

The film is part of the series “Architecture as Autobiographie” and “Photographie and beyond”.

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Director, Screenplay and Editor
Heinz Emigholz
Director of Photography
Heinz Emigholz
Camera Assistant
Volkmar Geiblinger, Till Beckmann
Assistant Editor
Markus Ruff
Original Sound
Christine Gloggengiesser
Sound Design
Christian Obermaier
Sound Mixer
Eckart Goebel
Production Accountant
Heide Semmelrock, Alexander Gröger
Production Coordinator
Christine Gloggengiesser
Production Manager
Alexander Glehr
Production Assistant
Richard Wilhelmer
Line Producer
Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Produced by
AMOUR FOU Wien, KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production, Heinz Emigholz Filmproduktion
In Collaboration with
ORF Film-/Fernsehabkommen (Johanna Hanslmayr)
In Coproduction with
WDR III (Jutta Krug) and WDR/3sat (Reinhard Wulf)
Funded by
Filmfonds Wien, Innovative Film Austria, Niederösterreich Kultur