All Things Frank! is the slogan under which 'Architekturzentrum Wien is promoting an initiative which will open the doors of Villa Beer in Vienna, Josef Frank’s masterpiece and an example of the Modernist architectural style built between 1929 and 1931, to the public for the first time.
The event, organised in conjunction with the exhibition “Josef Frank: Against Design” at MAK in Vienna, introduces the general public to an architect who is not very famous but was very active between the two world wars and was of great significance for the Postmodernist movement.
Villa Beer, built with Oskar Wlach, is considered Frank’s manifesto, built around the concept of “the home as itinerary and place” to be considered a development of Raumplan proposed by Adolf Loos. Josef Frank had been working in the context of Viennese Modernism since 1910, and was particularly concerned with the psychological effects of buildings and how they are furnished. He was convinced that people in a city or in their own homes ought to experience different spatial contexts so that they could find the perfect setting for their state of mind at any particular moment.
As the villa is private property, it will be open to visitors only on the first weekend in April (2-3), though there is an intention to make it into a museum in the future or add it to the network of “iconic houses” (www.iconichouses.org).
Images courtesy of Architekturzentrum Wien