Werkbund Row house

Description
The terraced houses of André Lurçat, one of the most prominent representatives of Functionalism in France and founding member of the CIAM – Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne (International Congresses of Modern Architecture), with their closed block design and set in front of the rounded front staircases rank among the most striking buildings the Vienna Werkbundsiedlung. The repellent character of the street-side façade is additionally underlined by the few narrow – almost loop-shaped – window slots and the storey-high front garden wall. The façade faces the garden completely differently: here Lurçat opens the rooms of the two upper floors with continuous bands of windows to the south – a contrast that could hardly be stronger. The row of houses in white with the dark gray band windows and the continuous roof terrace (only accessible from house no. 25) has the bright red lettering “Wiener Werkbundsiedlung 1932” on the narrow side facing the city. The four south-facing houses with a floor space of 68 m² each are strictly divided into three functional areas separated by floors. With a constructed area of ​​only 38 m² it was necessary to reduce the traffic routes in the house to a minimum. The floor space of the terraced houses is installed on the ground floor only about half and has next to the economic area with windscreen, vestibule, laundry, cellar and storage room a covered seating area including passage to the garden (was bricked later). The staircase with artificial stone steps, which has been removed from the building block, leads to the first floor, which comprises the living room as well as the kitchen, a chamber and the WC. One floor up, you enter a small vestibule that leads to two bedrooms separated by a bathroom in the middle. The criticism of the buildings of André Lurçat was directed in addition to the charge of dismissive character and unfavorable for the geographical location window choice especially against the floor plan conception, which brought with it the necessity of the constant climbing stairs.
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built

Date

01/01/1932

Address

Veitingergasse, Wien, Österreich

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Floors: 3

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Single Family

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Housing

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