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    Otto Wagner and the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital: architecture as misunderstanding

    Topp, Leslie (2005) Otto Wagner and the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital: architecture as misunderstanding. The Art Bulletin 87 (1), pp. 130-156. ISSN 0004-3079.

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    The Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital, outside Vienna, opened in 1907. Its layout, and its church, were designed by the leader of the modern tendency in Viennese architecture, Otto Wagner. This article analyzes the psychiatric goals of the hospital on the one hand and Wagner's architecture on the other as overlapping but distinct languages. I argue that Wagner picked up on aspects of the Utopian psychiatric rhetoric surrounding the institution, while ignoring more subtle and ambiguous tendencies toward integration with the wider world. The result was a mental hospital in the image of a model village.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 15:18
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:43


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