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Wednesday30 July 2014

Günther Domenig (1934-2012)

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Austrian architect died in Vienna

Tributes have been paid to Günther Domenig, the Austrian architect of highly expressionistic projects such as the 1979 Zentralsparkasse Bank in Vienna who died last week at the age of 77. 

Günther Domenig (1934-2012)

Günther Domenig (1934-2012)

“He was an extremely talented architect who deserved to be better known but he wasn’t on the circuit and only spoke German,” said former chair of architecture at the Bartlett, Peter Cook.  “In a way he was the architectural equivalent of Walter Pichler - he was an exponent of that kind of Austrian art.  His bank was an extraordinary piece both formalistically and surface-wise.”

Domenig’s most radical projects was arguably his own house, the in-situ concrete “Steinhaus” on Lake Ossiach, which he began in 1980 and added to continually up to his death.  The project was the subject of a 1986 exhibition and associated publication produced by the Architectural Association. 

Domenig maintained an active role in education alongside his practice, being appointed professor of Architecture at the Technische Universität at Graz in 1980.  Among his more recent projects, the 2004 headquarters of T-mobile in Vienna ranks among the largest. 

Neil Spiller, dean of architecture at the University of Greenwich said: “He was an architect who pushed the limits and was always capable of surprise with sublimity.  In the cannon of visionary architects Güntherhas a special place.”

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