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Architects and studios: Hans Hollein 1-6 / 6

Trip Berlin /04/2002

Berlijn en omgeving, Berlijn

The city of Berlin is an emotionally loaded city, a mystical metropolis. The images of Berlin are burned into our collective memory. Berlin is a city with an ‘Earth-shaking’ history in a country with a horrific past.

Trip Internationale Bauaustellung 1987 /1987

Berlin & Wolfsburg

The confrontation with this Berlin, this part of west island as in East Germany, is a shocking experience. Nowhere are the political contradictions so keenly felt as here. A feeling that each of us must experience to feel the relativity of force, as it is played so great on both sides of the barriers.

Trip /05/1986


This time no packed architectural program as in previous years, but a three-day trip with possibility to wander around.

Lecture by Katrien Vandemarliere

'Art Deco', Roeselare

Hollein first makes a thorough study of the area where he has implanted something, he also takes into account the context and involves this even in his own design. He introduces some decorative elements that are quotations in his designs, sometimes even quotes from his own earlier work.

Trip München-Gladbach, Frankfurt, Köln... /06/1985

München-Gladbach, Frankfurt, Köln...

A varied program with the recent architectural landscape of Hollein, the valiant expressionism of Bohm in the 60s, the Japanese purism of Mayekawa and the postmodern collages by Guchez and Numez.

Lecture by Marc Dubois

Herberg 'Gasthof Den Engel', Gits

Lecture by architect Marc Dubois on the Venice Biennial 1980: The first international architecture exhibition with the theme “The Presence of the Past.”

Hans Hollein

Hans Hollein (°Wien, 30 March 1934 – †Wien, 24 April 2014) was an Austrian architect, he won the Pritzker Prize in 1985.

Hollein was born in Vienna, and graduated in 1956 from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he studied in the master class of Clemens Holzmeister. During 1959 he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology and then in 1960, the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed his Master of Architecture degree. During these years he met Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra. Afterwards, he worked for various architectural firms in Sweden and the United States before returning to Vienna, founding his own office in 1964.

Hollein’s early works were small scale designs, such as the Retti candle shop in Vienna, which notably featured a facade constructed of anodized aluminum.

Hollein worked mainly as an architect but also established himself as a designer through his work for the Memphis Group and the Alessi Company. Additionally, he staged various exhibitions, including for the Venice Biennale. In 1980 he designed the stage for a production of Arthur Schnitzler’s drama Komödie der Verführung (Comedy of Seduction) at Vienna’s Burgtheater. In 1985 Hollein was awarded the Pritzker Prize.

Starting from the late 1990s, Hollein designed large-scale projects, including bank headquarters in Lichtenstein, Spain and Peru. Starting from 2010 he worked with Christoph Monschein at the Hans Hollein & Partner.