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1930 - 1939

Model "1st high-rise building in Vienna", around 1930


If walking through Herrengasse in Vienna, one will not notice that one of the buildings here is a few storeys higher than the other buildings.

Its upper levels are stepped inward. Only 8 storeys, the maximum permissible eaves height, are visible along Herrengasse. The corner area of the building, which is staggered towards the back, has 16 storeys with an overall height of nearly 53 metres.

In 1930, there was fierce competition in Vienna concerning to the construction of the city's first high-rise building. The construction of a highrise, however, was not only associated with the terms "progress" and "modern city" – height development was also a controversial issue. The residential building in Herrengasse on the premises of the former Palais Liechtenstein was to be significantly higher than the surrounding buildings without this being considered objectionable in any way.

Construction using reinforced concrete and a steel framework structure on a foundation slab was also not customary in Vienna. The basement contained a steam central heating system for a more convenient heat supply and a large laundry for the building's residents. The apartments' kitchens were fitted with electric stoves instead of gas stoves. This was something completely new. A special affordable rate was negotiated with the power station.

The model of the high-rise building in Herrengasse, which was built between 1930 and 1932, was gifted to the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) by the building's architects Theiss and Jaksch in 1933. By offering a view from the top and all sides, it clearly shows the way in which the building is staggered. If viewed from the courtyard, the overall height of the building becomes visible in the central staircase and lift area.

The next high-rise building in Vienna, the "Ringturm" (Ring Tower), an office building at the Schottenring, was only erected between 1953 and 1955. It was planned by the architect Erich Boltenstern as a 23-storey building with a height of 73 metres.

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