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Design for the Austrian Pavilion at the Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne, 1914

Leopold Museum,
Pencil on squared paper
20.4×34 cm


  • Josef Hoffmann

    (Pirnitz/Brtnice 1870–1956 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
After 1905, Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956) began to show a preference for fluted square columns in his architectural designs. He was able to first realize those on a larger scale in 1911 when he was responsible for the design of the Austrian pavilion at the International Exhibition of Art of 1911 in Rome. In planning his next major exhibition building in 1914, Hoffmann also decided for a three-wing ground plan shaped like a capital letter U opening toward the front. The challenge was to countervail Peter Behrens’s (1868–1940) Festival Hall in the first exhibition of the German Werkbund in Cologne with a commensurately monumental building. He met it by using a propylaeum-like colonnade with stepped attics on the flanks that appear like pedestals for the gable fronts. The two sketches reflect the plans for the building in an already advanced stage.

Object data

  • Josef Hoffmann
Design for the Austrian Pavilion at the Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne
Graphic work
Pencil on squared paper
20.4×34 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1730
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Eduard F. Sekler: Josef Hoffmann. Das architektonische Werk: Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, Salzburg/Wien 1982.
Catalogue raisonne
  • Sekler 1986: 182

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