Haus Wittgenstein - Bulgarisches Kulturinstitut, Vienna

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Haus Wittgenstein, is a house in the modernist style on the Kundmanngasse, Vienna, Austria. The house was commissioned by Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, who asked the architect Paul Engelmann to design a townhouse for her. Stonborough-Wittgenstein invited her brother, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, to help with the design.
In November 1925 Stonborough-Wittgenstein commissioned Engelmann to design a large townhouse. She later invited her brother, Ludwig Wittgenstein, to help with the design, in part to distract him from the scandal surrounding the Haidbauer incident in April 1926: Wittgenstein, while working as a primary-school teacher, had hit a boy who had subsequently collapsed.
The initial architect was Paul Engelmann, someone Wittgenstein had come to know while training to be an artillery officer in Olomouc. Engelmann designed a spare modernist house after the style of Adolf Loos: three rectangular blocks. Wittgenstein showed a great interest in the project and in Engelmann's plans and poured himself into the project for over two years, to such a degree that Engelmann himself considered Wittgenstein the author of the final product. During this period, Wittgenstein is listed in the Vienna city directory as: Leudwig Wittgenstein, Architect. He focused on the windows, doors, door knobs, and radiators, demanding that every detail be exactly as he specifieid, to the point where everyone involved in the project was exhausted. When the house was nearly finished, he had a ceiling raised 30 mm so that the room had the exact proportions he wanted.
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  • This is a hidden gem! This house was designed by early 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein for his sister Margaret. It echos the simple clean lines, treatment of light, and modernist design o...  more »
  • Anyone who has read something about the life of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein knows that he spent the years 1926-28 in building a house for his sister Margarethe Stonborough-Wittgenstein. Although the assignment was actually given to the architect Paul Engelmann, Wittgenstein interfered with everything. Thus, this House is a manifestation of what he found important in a house and its establishment. The key word here is Sober. No form of decoration, but aesthetic effect by proper sizing. To our surprise the house was not only from outside view, but also to visit. The Cultural Institute of Bulgaria is located in it, and that gives the necessary rubbish, but you still get a good impression.
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  • If you are in Vienna and interested in Ludwig Wittgenstein and his works, way of life ....then this place is a must. It belongs now to the Bulgarian Embassy/ culture institute and was renovated and saved from decay and destruction. To those complaining - since it belongs to the Republic of Bulgaria, Bulgaria will grant access/ use its rooms as it sees fit. Deal with it.
  • This is an awesome place but unfortunately you cannot really visit it in the inside. Only a few rooms very badly exposed and untidied. It is a real shame for Austrian culture that this work of art by one of the greatest philosophers ever, and whose sense of architecture is so much aligned with his thinking, is in hands of bureaucratic people that use the rooms to prepare their coffee and watch videos on the computer. By the way, the Bulgarian paintings exposed there are worthless.
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