Sezession House
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Architect J. M. Olbrich
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Location Vienna, Austria   map
Date 1896   timeline
Building Type art center
 Construction System masonry, metal
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Art Nouveau
Notes Symmetrical composition with a singular ornamental dome


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Photo, exterior, facade close-up at entry

Photo, exterior, front corner


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Discussion Sezession House Commentary

"Its crowning element, based on a sketch by Klimt, was inscribed with the slogan: 'The time our art, the art our freedom.' Planned as a covered courtyard structure, the building provided for gallery space on all sides of a large top-lit rectangular exhibition hall in the centre."

"The general form of the crowning element sketched by Klimt included, in a vague outline, both the battered pylons and the gilded laurel motif with its dedication to Apollo. This last was rendered by Olbrich as a perforated metal dome, suspended between four pylons and set above profiled planar masses..."

— Kenneth Frampton and Yukio Futagawa. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. p100.

Sources on Sezession House

Howard Davis. Slides from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1702.016. PCD.2260.1012.1702.015. PCD.2260.1012.1702.014. PCD.2260.1012.1702.013.

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. ISBN 0-8478-0506-9. LC 83-61363. NA642.F7 1983. ground floor plan, p101. section, p101. — Available at

Peter Gossel and Gabriele Leuthauser. Architecture in the Twentieth Century. Germany: Benedikt Taschen Verlag, 1991. ISBN 3-8228-0550-5. exterior photo from side, discussion, p64.

Ian Latham. Joseph Maria Olbrich. New York: Rizzoli International Publications NA1011.5.04 L37. ISBN 0-8478-0230-2.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. exterior photo, p222. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Sezession House


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