View of the Japanese bay window in the former dining room in the apartment of Alfred Kraus, designed by Adolf Loos
© Philippe Ruault

Discover the hidden secrets of Adolf Loos

If you think that the public has long known about all the retained works of Adolf Loos, the architect of the century, then you'd be wrong. The latest rediscovery is the interior realized in 1905 for the apartment of the banker and industrialist Alfred Kraus. Kraus was the brother of the influential Austrian publicist Karl Kraus. The interior furnishings designed by Loos for Mohsgasse in Vienna were said to have been totally destroyed. But the main room, which today serves as a discussion room for a firm of attorneys, is retained true to the original. A minor sensation, not just for fans of the pioneer of Modernism.

The really good news: During the event series Loos2020, which is organized by the association Architekturerbe Österreich, there will be an opportunity to discover the Loos interior on Mohsgasse and many other works of the visionary thinker in the form of guided tours. The extraordinary architecture dates can be booked on the website of the event series. The guided tours will be held in March, April and May, and will probably be continued in the autumn.

Eleven Loos sites throughout Vienna

A total of eleven works by Loos are waiting to be discovered throughout Vienna during Loos2020. They include apartments, villas, estate houses and commercial properties that are actually not, or only very rarely, accessible to the general public. The Löwenbach apartment, near the Urania in the 1st district, is also on the program, as is the Manz bookshop designed by Loos, as well as the Knize tailor's salon and the Friedrich Boskovits II apartment, which now houses the music collection of the Vienna Library.

If you are interested in buildings designed by Loos, you’ll get your money's worth in the form of the Scheu and Steiner houses in the 13th district and the Duschnitz house in the 19th district. One of the semi-detached houses designed by Loos for the Vienna Werkbund Estate can also be visited. Also very worth seeing: The estate house at Heuberg in the 17th district, which recently underwent very careful general refurbishment. Another part of Loos 2020 is the most famous building designed by Loos: The once scandalous house on Michaelerplatz in Vienna city center.

Loos year offers lectures, exhibitions and a symposium

During the anniversary year, there will also be several lectures and a symposium on the life and work of Loos. The dates will probably be in the autumn. Also being planned is a special exhibition about the written estate of Adolf Loos in the Loos rooms of the Vienna Library on Bartensteingasse.

Private houses designed by Loos are the subject of an exhibition at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna from November 18. The exhibition not only focuses on buildings realized in Vienna but also looks far beyond the borders of Austria. Such as to Paris, where Adolf Loos designed a visionary private house for dance legend Josephine Baker in 1927, although it was never built.

Architekturerbe Österreich (Architectural Heritage Austria) - Loos2020

March - May 2020
See website for exact tour dates
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Adolf Loos - Private houses

November 18, 2020 - March 14, 2021

MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Stubenring 5 , 1010 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 21:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        at the staff entrance Weiskirchnerstrasse (Cobbled Street)
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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