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The Karl Marx Hof is a well known residential building of the community of Vienna.
At more than 1,1 km in length it is the longest single residential building in the world.
The Karl Marx Hof was built between 1926 and 1930 by the architect Karl Ehn.
At that time the building consisted of almost 1400 apartments for up to 5000 people.
The Karl-Marx-Hof can be found in the suburb of Heiligenstadt, which is located north of the city centre. The nearest metro stop is Heiligenstadt (U4).
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This example of social housing development, in an outlying district of Vienna, is of historical significance. It was built between 1927 and 1930 by the social democratic city council (between 1919 and 1934, when the Socialists held power, people spoke of ‘Red Vienna’). It is more than a kilometre long and contains some 1600 relatively small flats and communal facilities such as baths, laundries, shops, libraries, nursing schools etc. and many green areas. The rent was to be well within the means of the tenants and this building complex and others like it in the city was financed by taxes on luxury items.
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