This beautiful building can be found in the 3rd disctrict of Vienna, in Radetzkystraße 1. The rescue center was built in 1897-1899 by Ferdinand Hrach and Franz Gruber. The bust displayed in the center of the building is a portrait of Jaromir Mundy, founder of the First-Aid Society. For this photo i used Analog Efex Pro 2 to give it a more vintage treatment since i finally managed to get a photo of it without any cars in the way, so i thought i could play a bit and make it look older 😀 What do you think?
In one of my first walks in my new neighborhood, this is the building that stood out in my eyes… There is a sign on the other side with the name Urania, which is actually a greek word translating as sky but also the name Urania refers to the muse of astronomy as told in the Greek mythology. So i wondered what this building is, since it has a very peculiar architecture style. After doing some research online i found that it was actually built to be a public educational institute and an observatory. Urania, was built in 1910 by architect Max Fabiani. This Art Nouveau building, is also said to resemble a weirdly shaped ship, which i guess you can kinda see in the photograph below 😛
During World War II, it got severely damaged resulting into a completely destroyed dome and observatory. Thankfully it was all reconstructed and with an even improved observatory, the Urania reopened in 1957. Today, the Urania hosts a wide-range of classes and lectures in the seminar rooms, the annual Viennale film festival that screens in the movie theater and a puppet theater originally created by Hans Kraus. In 2003, a contemporary cafe bar/restaurant was also opened on the lower deck offering a great view at the Donau Canal.
When you think about Vienna, you think classic and romantic but Vienna is making a move towards the new era. Skyscrapers and modern glass buildings are making their presence known in the Vienna skyline and i think they blend rather well with the rest of the environment.
The Uniqa Tower was build in a little less than 3 years (October 2001 – June 2004) by the architect Heinz Neumann. It’s not one of the highest buildings, at 75meters it ranks number 28 in the list but i still think it’s quite impressive. We will visit many, if not all of the top ranked buildings in the Vienna highest list in future posts. I cannot lie, i’m a sucker when it comes to shiny reflecting things! 😀