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        • Josef Frank: Villa Wehtje

        Abstract

        In this text Mikael Bergquist argues that Austrian architect Josef Frank held a deeply rooted scepticism towards all-embracing systems, towards the belief in a ruling style, and towards a one-dimensional view of life. He claims that Frank made in his Villa Wehtje a conscious statement against the standardisation in early modernism’s puritanical interiors and the desire for consistency between house and furniture. Frank proposes instead the irregular and somewhat accidental plan of Villa Wehtje, which might give the impression of being entirely arbitrary in its design, but is based on the conditions of the site. In Villa Wehtje, Frank shows the possibility of being spatially complex and still keeps the architecture as a background, avoiding obvious rhetorical tricks.


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        Citation
        Bergquist, M. (2014). Josef Frank: Villa Wehtje. Codes and Continuities, OASE, (92), 112–117. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/92/JosefFrankVillaWehtje

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