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Home Tour:
Adolf Loos

The Austrian architect laid the foundations for unornamented modernism. Mark Baker travels to Pilsen in the Czech Republic to see inside some of his lesser-known interiors. Words by Mark Baker. Photography by Christian Møller Andersen.

The celebrated Brno-born modern architect Adolf Loos (1870–1933), who worked in the years before World War I and during the decade after, is considered a visionary for rejecting conscious ornamentation in favor of allowing a building’s function to guide its design.

At the time, he was derided by many: When he designed the Looshaus on Vienna’s prestigious Michaelerplatz—a building clad from the waist down in smooth marble and sporting unadorned windows set out along a simple grid—critics mocked it as having “windows without eyebrows.” Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I, known for his highly conservative tastes, loathed it.

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six

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