Vienna: Schokoladenhaus

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architekt: Ernst Lichtblau
Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

1914

Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Wattmanngasse 29, Vienna

The architect Ernst Lichtblau was one of the few students of Otto Wagner who approached contem­porary modernism.

His indepen­dence was already evident in 1914 when he designed the plans for a residential building that was popularly known as the Schokoladenhaus because of its empha­ti­cally sculp­tural ceramic decoration.

In the use of motifs from folk art, in forms that already refer to the coming Art Deco, and in the shaping of window bands, Lichtblau antici­pated criteria of the archi­tecture of the 1920s.

Dark brown majolica cornices connect the rows of windows on each floor.

The wall pieces between the windows, which look like pillars, reinforce the impression of a window band motif.

The majolica reliefs are designs of the sculptor and ceramist Willibald (Willy) Russ. They are decorated with fairy-tale animal and plant figures as well as fanciful ornaments.

The motifs seem to be taken directly from folk art, which provided constant inspi­ration for the Wiener Werkstätte.

Already in 1914, the year of its construction, the Schokoladenhaus received an archi­tec­tural award.

The extra­vagant facade found no immediate successors. Ceramic facade decoration, however, is often found on the buildings of interwar modernism.

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

Schokoladenhaus, 1914. Architect: Ernst Lichtblau

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