Austrian architect. He established his reputation with small, well-crafted shops, including the Retti Candle Shop (1964–5), Schullin Jewellery Shop with its ‘cracked’ front (1972–4), and the Austrian State Travel Agency with its palm-tree supports (1976–8), all in Vienna, which employ materials such as marble, brass, stainless steel, and chrome, detailed with meticulous care. Less happy, however, is the relationship of the new fronts with the existing façades into which they are set, while the use of themes such as the apparently haphazard crack suggests tension and disruption of perfection. Much admired have been the Städtisches Museum, Abteiberg, Mönchen-gladbach (1972–82), with a grid-structure that breaks down in the corner, and the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt (1987–91). The Haas House, near the Cathedral in Vienna (1987–90), might suggest that ideas that work on the scale of a shop-front are less successful on a large, prominent building on a key site within a historic urban centre. His proposals for a Museum cut into the Mönschberg rock, Salzburg (1990), were ingenious, and included dramatic interiors.
Auty (1994);Architectural Review, clxxii/1030 (Dec. 1982), 53–71;Kalman (1994);Klotz (1988);Pettena (ed.) (1988);Jane Turner (1996)
Subjects: Architecture — Industrial and Commercial Art.