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Definition: Wagner, Otto from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Viennese architect. Initially working in the art nouveau style, for example the Vienna Stadtbahn 1894–97, he later rejected ornament for rationalism, as in the Post Office Savings Bank, Vienna, 1904–06. He influenced such Viennese architects as Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Joseph Olbrich.


Summary Article: Wagner, Otto
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born July 13, 1841, Penzing, near Vienna, Austrian Empire—died April 11, 1918, Vienna) Austrian architect and teacher. In 1893 his general plan (not executed) for Vienna won a major competition, and in 1894 he was appointed professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste. As a teacher, Wagner soon broke with tradition by insisting on function, material, and structure as the bases of architectural design. Among his notable buildings, all in the Art Nouveau style, are a number of stations for the City Railway of Vienna (1894–97) and the Postal Savings Bank (1904–06). The latter, which had little decoration, is recognized as a milestone in the history of modern architecture, particularly for the curving glass roof of its central hall. Wagner’s lectures were published in 1895 as Moderne Architektur.

Birth Place: Penzing, Austria

Death Place: Vienna, national capital, Austria

Name: Wagner, Otto or Otto Wagner

Gender: male

Nationality: Austrian

Activity: Austrian architect

Keywords: Vienna, Austrian, architecture, Art Nouveau, Wagner, Otto, Otto Wagner, education, Austria, Penzing

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