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Remembering Hans Hollein


On April 20th, Austrian artist, postmodern architect and winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize award, Han Hollein, passed away. Hollein was 80 years old, and by all accounts lived a productive and fruitful life. Hollein was well known throughout the design community for his stunning works, most notably the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt Germany, and the Albertina Museum extension in Vienna, Austria.

His career, which spanned more than 50 years, was filled with achievements that many dream of, but only few accomplish. Hollein took his burgeoning steps into design in 1965 when he graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. From there, he went on to study at Illinois Institute of Technology and then finally The University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with his master of architecture degree.

Upon graduation, Hollein spent years working at various agencies throughout Europe and the U.S. In 1964, he returned to Vienna where he founded his own agency. His early architecture was characterized by small scale postmodern works including products and furniture. His first large scale commission was the Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach, however, he also received notoriety for his work on the underground Guggenheim Museum branch in Salzburg, Austria.

The passing of Hollein has resonated deeply throughout the design community. “[I] just heard Hans Hollein passed away,” writes Architecture curator and writer Aaron Betsky. “Witty, tortured, cantankerous, wild, he was the absolute epitome of Austrian Postmodernism.”

Though Hollein has passed, he has left us with enough extraordinary designs and memories to last a lifetime. Hollein leaves behind a mourning community and his children, Max and Lili.

Notable works by Hans Hollein

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