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Günther Domenig
* Klagenfurt, Germany [Deutschland], 6 July 1934
+ Graz, Austria [Österreich], 15 June 2012
nationality: austrian
www.domenig.at
BUILDINGS
 
2009
Austria [Österreich] » Graz
1982 - 2008
Steinhaus am Ossiachersee
Austria [Österreich] » Steindorf am Ossiacher See
1999 - 2001
Büro- und Lagergebäude Zultner
Austria [Österreich] » Graz
1975 - 1979
Austria [Österreich] » Vienna [Wien]
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
WRITINGS
BY THE ARCHITECT
Günther Domenig, Steinhaus in Steindorf. Skizzen, Zeichnungen, Modelle, Objekte / Stone house at Steindorf. Sketches, drawings, models, objects, Ritter Verlag, Klagenfurt 2002
WRITINGS
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
Matthias Boeckl (ed.), Günther Domenig. Recent Work, Springler, Wien 2005
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EXHIBITIONS
 
 
Günther Domenig – ein anderer Blick

Steindorf am Ossiacher See, Steinhaus am Ossiachersee, 11 september / 31 october 2014
Innsbruck, Archiv für Baukunst, Forschungsinstitut der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck im Adambräu, 11 november / 2 december 2015
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ADDITIONS AND DIGRESSIONS
 
 
A Text that I wrote for Domenig in 1988
Wolf D. Prix

The Monastery
On Günther Domenig
1988
He constructed buildings like boxers throw punches. His ring was the square of the construction site marked out by the theodolite. His opponent: the building. His strength was the skillful inside fight, not the distant battle. Breathing heavily, he stood in the ring, his head drilled into the paper breast of the problem; he slugged hooks of cement, swings of steel, uppercuts of detail from the shoulder. It wasn’t elegant, but immensely powerful. And effective.

He always won before the clock ran out.
His buildings were standing knock-outs.

In his monastery, dressed in his sumptuous memory robes, surrounded by the scattered trophies from his victories, engulfed by the choral songs of his friends and followers, he will rest, left to tend to his wounds and relive his dreams.
We will visit him.
ESSAYS AND ARTICLES
 
 
Domenig and the Austrian Architecture
Wolf D. Prix

On YouTube the famous American Rapper Ice Cube can be viewed while he is explaining the Eames House in LA in a competent way.
I am questioning myself, whether a similar scene would be possible in Austria: DJ Ötzi or the Trackshittaz explain Günther Domenigs Steinhaus. Answer: no.

The word “important” as preliminary stage to being a star is used in an inflationary way today. Nevertheless I insist that Günther Domenig was one of the most important Austrian architects.
Important in terms of being weighty.
In my opinion the former Z-Bank branch in the Favoritenstraße in Vienna was one of his best buildings.

Long before the convoluted computer architects started using parametric tools to give their lame design a boost, Domenig had not only designed the first three- dimensional facade, but actually built it, too.

Himself, he has never differed from architecture and art, has been able to achieve a building that is uncompromising – located in the baroque thought - creating expressive space sequences and therefore connotes an important contribution to the Austrian Architecture.

It’s amazing, that this building has only been possible in a peripheral district, and not in the city center of Vienna.



“Domenig and University of Applied Arts”
Wolf D. Prix

I don’t know whether the responsible parties at the University of Applied Arts know who Domenig was, but in the light of recent events I would like to invite them to review your intentions to move our university into the run-down building of the WU University, even just for the next few years. At least the Institute of Architecture could use the opportunity as a statement by moving into the former Z-Bank home planned by Domenig in the “Favoritenstraße”.
 
 
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