Wien!

Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
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Trip End May 18, 2010


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

We got to Vienna Sunday night and were so tired, we just got food and then went to bed.

Monday morning, we headed to see new architecture in Vienna. We started with some sweet public housing across the river from the old city. One was done by Coop Himmelblau, one of their earlier works, which was kinda cool. There were two across the street, a gray one with these movable wooden slat screens on the interior courtyard side, and a blue one with pink balconies on the back facade. Those two were really awesome, but I don't yet know who did them. From there we headed to see a church, again I dont know who the architect was.

After that we went to see a cubist church by sculptor Fritz Wotruba. It was super awesome. I don't know what else to say about it, besides the fact that it was pretty sweet.

We had an appointment in the afternoon to see a project called Graffenegg, or maybe it was in Graffenegg. I don't know. It was an old castle and some old Baroque buildings with a few new insertions - an indoor theater and an outdoor theater. The indoor theater was pretty cool from the outside, but the theater itself wasnt so great. But the outdoor theater was really cool. The concrete sort of folded down over the stage. It's hard to describe, but it was really awesome.

We finished our afternoon with a wine tasting in some random Austrian town, but the hotel and winery were designed by Steven Holl. We were late so we couldn't see any of the hotel, other than the lobby, but we did get to enjoy some delicious Austrian wine in a Steven Holl building! The vineyard was Loisium, and they had some different varietals of grapes, and they were delicious! It was so exciting!

The second best part of the evening was when I went downstairs to run to the bathroom before we left, but I got stuck downstairs because there was an event and some guy was giving a speech on the stairs that I needed to get up to go outside. Everyone in my class just stood there and laughed at me, so in the end, when there was a break in the speech, I just bolted up the stairs behind the guy. It was all actually rather amusing.

On Monday, we headed out to see the city of Vienna. We started with a Otto Wagner project, which was awesome. It was a bank, and I think it still is. It was really super.

After, we went to see an old Gothic Cathedral, and a building across from it by Hans Hollein. Apparently it used to be a department store, and now its a hotel. Its supposed to be pretty crazy, but we couldn't get in. The Cathedral was pretty. It was gothic...yay!

After that we went and saw the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Austria. It was a box, that had books cast into it, but you saw the negative. It was really interesting. And there were 7000 books...Patrick and I counted.

We went and had coffee apfelstrudel after seeing a few more random buildings in the city, and then went to the museum quartier. I went to the Arkitecturezentrum, and saw an exhibit on public housing in Austria and then on Arbeitsgruppe4, a group of architects from Austria in 1950s through 70s. It was a really cool!

We had reservations for wiener schnitzel for dinner, which was delicious!! It is supposed to be the best in Vienna, and was recommended by Catherine and Jeff (who live in Vienna) from the photography workshop in Berlin!

We celebrated Tofan's 30th birthday with some hookah and drinks, until some of us could no longer stay awake in the bar!
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