Found project: Haus Wittgenstein

    Project : Haus Wittgenstein

    Language variant : Haus Wittgenstein

    Architect : Engelmann, Paul & Wittgenstein, Ludvig

    Completion: 1929

    Locality : Wien

    Country : Austria

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    In 1925, Wittgenstein’s sister Margaret Stonborough–Wittgenstein commissioned architect Paul Engelmann to design and build a large town house.

    Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein showed a great interest in the project and in Engelmann’s plans, and spent at least two years designing various aspects of the house, including the doors, door knobs, windows, and radiators. Describing the work, Ludwig’s eldest sister, Hermine, wrote: “Even though I admired the house very much, I always knew that I neither wanted to, nor could, live in it myself. It seemed indeed to be much more a dwelling for the gods than for a small mortal like me.”

    In 1970 the house was under threat of demolition. It was saved after a campaign in 1971, and since 1975 has housed the Bulgarian Cultural Institute. (June 22, 2011).

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen

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    Haus Wittgenstein
    Haus Wittgenstein
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    Haus Wittgenstein
    Haus Wittgenstein
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski