1926 – 1930
Architect: Karl Ehn
Heiligenstädter Strasse 82–92, Vienna
Boschstraße, Geistingergasse, Felix-Braun-Gasse, Joseph-Hindels-Gasse, 12-Februar-Platz
The Karl-Marx-Hof with 1300 apartments for about 5500 inhabitants was built between 1926 and 1930 according to plans by Karl Ehn. Architect Karl Ehn was a student of Otto Wagner and since 1909 employed at the Vienna City Building Office.
Planned as a city within the city, the 1.2‑kilometre-long municipal housing complex was at the time of its construction equipped with all infrastructures such as dental clinic, pharmacy, kindergarten, library, youth centre and central laundry. The coloured ceramic figures on the wedge-shaped stones of the archways are by Josef Riedl and represent personifications of enlightenment, freedom, care and physical culture.