As a professor at the Vienna Academy of Art, Otto Wagner trained and influenced a whole generation of well-known Art Nouveau architects.
As an urban planner, he also created the concept for the stations of the Vienna Stadtbahn.
As an architect, Otto Wagner built some of the most beautiful buildings of the Viennese Art Nouveau.
Majolica House – Architecture of Art Nouveau in Vienna Otto Wagner’s Art Nouveau houses on the Linke Wienzeile are an ensemble of three apartment buildings. They were built between 1898 and 1899. The Majolika Haus at Wienzeile 40 was named after its façade, which is covered with ceramic tiles made with the tin-glaze tecnique Majolica.
Among many others were Josef Maria Olbrich (Secession, Vienna/Austria), Max Fabiani (Urania, Vienna/Austria) and Josef Hoffmann (Founder of Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna/Austria and architect of Palais Stoclet, Brussels/Belgium) Wagner’s students.
Otherwise Jan Kotěra (Prague/Czech Republic), Jože Plečnik (Ljubljana/Slovenia) and Viktor Kovačić (Zagreb/Croatia) became founders of modern architecture in their countries.
Otto Wagner – House Wienzeile Street 38. Photo by Maximiian Just
In Wagner’s former station on Karlsplatz there now stands a small, but worthwhile exhibition space that features works by the architect.
The Postal Savings Building with its impressive construction of glass and steel is one of the most important monuments of modern architecture. From the overall design down to the smallest detail, everything in this building is subordinate to a successful synthesis of aesthetics and functionality. The Postal Savings Bank building houses the Otto Wagner Museum.
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