Vienna: Postsparkasse Otto Wagner

Postsparkasse, 1904-1912. Architekt: Otto Wagner
Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

1904 – 1906, 1910 – 1912 (extension added)

Architect: Otto Wagner

Georg-Coch-Platz 2, Vienna

The Postal Savings Bank, built in two sections over a trape­zoidal ground plan from 1904 to 1912, is Otto Wagner’s most important work in terms of the develo­pment of modern architecture.

The effect of the ratio­nally designed facade is largely deter­mined by the materials: Granite, marble and aluminum create a strict as well as simple rhythm of wall and openings.

The granite slabs of the facade’s base are fixed with countersunk pins with aluminum heads. In contrast, the white marble panels of the upper floors, only 2 cm thick, are fixed with raised pins with aluminum heads.

The different way of fixing creates a subtle ornamen­tation, which is comple­mented by vertical platelets meant to suggest supports and bases of pilaster positions.

The central risalit is crowned by a parapet decorated with laurel wreaths.

The four-meter-high Nike figures at the upper corners of the main facade are by Othmar Schimkowitz and are made of cast aluminum.

The aluminum used by Otto Wagner as a new building material is also found in the striking canopy of the entrance.

The spacious vestibule leads to the central counter area in the glass-roofed courtyard.

The ticket hall with its thought­fully designed details such as the lighting fixtures or the warm air blowers of the heating system is an outstanding example of functio­n­alist archi­tecture of early modernism.

 

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904-1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

Postal Savings Bank, 1904–1912. Architect: Otto Wagner

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for making me aware of your website. I chased Otto Wagner’s work and the other Vienna Werkstatte buildings all over Vienna. The Post Office is absolutely stunning. 

    You have catalogued so many wonderful buildings in these four countries here. Very well done.

    I will enjoy exploring your website.

    • Thank you for the kind words! I am also very enthu­si­astic about the Viennese Modernist buildings. Every week I present a new building on my website and I am pleased if you enjoy it.

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