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Haas House is one of the most disputed building project in Vienna. The architect Hans Hillein designed a concrete and glass structure which stands right opposite to the St. Stephen's cathedral but his plan didn't go well with the Viennese population. His general idea was to quote the ancient Roman citadell Vindobona projecting the round curve of the facade on the building. From ancient times people built houses on top of ruins from previous times and civilisations, Haas House uses the same principle to blend into its surroundings despite its contrasting architectural style.
In passing times after the construction, local population has changed the opinion and today the Haas House is considering as one of the most exciting buildings in Vienna, becoming almost the emblem of the city. Reflected images of the cathedral in the straight glass facade is one of the most popular motif, for both locals and visitors.
This contemporary building, in the Stephansdom Quarter, stands out among the older classical buildings and streets around the Staphansdom. the building is controversial, in that it is located so close to one of the city's most famous landmarks but I quite like it and I am not a huge fan of modern architecture.
The building was built in 1990 and was designed by Hans Hallein and uses a lot of reflective darkly tinted glass which is rounded in structure and bends around the corner of Stephansplatz into Graben. I like the way the Staphansdom is refected in its glass and in this way the building blends old and new styles of architecture together.
The building contains shops, cafes, restaurants and offices.
Across from St. Stephan's cathedral, on the corner of the Graben and Stephansplatz, stands the Haas House. This shiny chrome and glass building is very interesting among the complete different style of other buildings around
Modern Haas House was one of the most disputed building projects of the late 20th century in Vienna. Viennese architect Hans Hollein set about to introduce a concrete and glass structure opposite St. Stephen's cathedral, a plan that did not go well with the Viennese population.
The round curve of its facade quotes the ancient Roman citadell Vindobona, whose former layout is traceable throughout Vienna's first district. Medieval houses were built on top of Roman ruins, modern houses were built on top of medieval ruins... Haas House uses this principle to blend into its surrounding despite its contrasting architectural style.
Today, Haas House is one of the most exciting buildings in Vienna and the city's pride. The square of St. Stephen's cathedral is opened up by the glass facade. Images of St. Stephen's Cathedral reflected by the straight glass facade of Haas House are a popular motif.
The interior was designed with attention to detail. At the top you can enjoy a spectacular view of St. Stephen's Cathedral at a beautiful coffee shop and restaurant.
The Haas Haus is a very modern building in a very unusual setting. It is located directly across the street from Stephansdom. It is kind of unsettling to see this giant glass building directly across the street from historic cathedral. It was build in 1990. It has glass mirrored tiles, blue green marble and curves around the street from Stephansplatz to Graben. It has lopsided cubes of marble attached to its outside and a large diving board like structure jutting out over the top.
Noticeably modern, HAAS HAUS was opened in 1990 in the vicinity of Stephansplatz. It sets a constrasting mood to all those old Gothic architecture around this square. Undoubtedly, you can't miss it. It's too dramatic to be missed! & to make it worse, this is a shopping center!!!
Just in the vicinity of St. Stephen's Cathedral is the vibrant & touristy area of Stock-im-Eisen-Platz & Haas Haus.
Here, it's the best place to people watch & to just imbue the atmospheric city of waltz. Perhaps you might even be approached by a count or a duke for an evening of waltz! ;-)
This is a modern building directly opposite the Staphansdom. You can ask if it was really necessary to put this modern building there but in fact I think you can get some lovely reflective photos of the Dom in its glass - although that is perhaps not the reason it was buillt there! The design is by one of Austrian's leading architects Hans Hollien. The glass and green blue marble is asymmetrical and it curves around into the graben.
will get a photo next time as I only have an older photo and my scanner has broken!!
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Right in the heart of town,...
Right in the heart of town, across from the St. Stephens Cathedral (Stephansdom), is a relatively new structure called the Haas Haus. It was built while I was living in Vienna and the beauty of this building is the way the mirrored windows reflect the St. Stephens Cathedral in a way almost reminiscent of a Picasso painting.
The building opposite of the St. Stephan's Dome has been built up in 1990. There's a bar on top (Onyx-Bar) where you can catch a great view of the Dome!
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