Prinz Eisenbeton 6 – Rock over Barock, Young and Beautiful: 7+2

Edited by Wolf D. Prix, Thomas Kramer

The spatial concepts characteristic of the Baroque period are to be seen influencing the architecture of today, too. Baroque architecture is an experience in itself; unfolding its means gradually, almost defying any attempt to constrain it; cultivating the unexpected and in so doing, gaining its freedom. Rock aims at doing the same. It almost impudently takes up traditional ideas and puts them into a new context. Consciously or not, young architects trace and change the spatial sequences of the Baroque to their liking, bringing them up-to-date. The work of seven young offices, Artec, Urs Bette, Delugan Meissl, the next ENTERprise, Klaus Stattmann, stiefel kramer, Wolfgang Tschapeller, and two projects by students, Sophie Grell, Tercer Piso Arquitectos at the University of Applied Arts Vienna demonstrate that there is an Austrian tradition in architecture: a collective desire to celebrate space.