Publisher: FSB Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH

Editors: Redaktionsbuero (Manuela Hötzl & Antje Mayer)

Authors: Walter Chramosta, Manuela Hötzl, Bart Lootsma, Antje Mayer, Jan Tabor, Ute Woltron
Date of issue: 2006

Just! Architecture from Austria. Critics' Choice
Published by Haus der Architektur Graz
ISBN 3-901174-61-3 
Hardcover German/English
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Just! Architecture from Austria

Critics’ Choice

The book editions of Franz Schneider Brakel GmbH & Co KG, the noble German manufacturer of handles and latches, have had cult character since their first appearance in 1987, not least because of their designer, Otl Aicher, the famous German pioneer of corporate design. It was all the more an honour for the Redaktionsbuero to produce a concept for the content and form of one of these volumes for FSB.

Without a doubt, contemporary Austrian architecture has ranked highly internationally in recent decades. But is there such a thing as Austrian architecture? And if there is, what is characteristic of it? Certainly, for the production of architecture, site and identity were always important indications for its construction. The architecture critics Walter Chramosta, Manuela Hötzl, Bart Lootsma, Antje Mayer, Jan Tabor and Ute Woltron present a very personal selection of recent projects in Austria and use it in an attempt to establish typical regional features; no star architecture hyped up by the media but small, refined buildings. This book tries to leave the well-trodden paths of “highly polished architecture criticism” for a moment. A deliberately incomplete, witty book with occasional, sympathetic, detail-obsessed views of architecture in Austria.