35 Facts About Adolf Loos


Adolf Franz Karl Viktor Maria Loos was an Austrian and Czechoslovak architect, influential European theorist, and a polemicist of modern architecture.


Adolf Loos was inspired by modernism and a widely-known critic of the Art Nouveau movement.


Adolf Loos later presented with his father's hearing impairment and other health-related issues.


Adolf Loos became a pioneer of modern architecture and contributed a body of theory and criticism of Modernism in architecture and design and developed the "Raumplan" method of arranging interior spaces, exemplified in Villa Muller in Prague.


Adolf Loos died aged 62 on 23 August 1933 in Kalksburg near Vienna.


Adolf Loos was born into a family of artisans on 10 December 1870 in Brno, in the Margraviate of Moravia region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today the eastern part of the Czech Republic.


Adolf Loos's father Adolf Loos was a German stonemason who died when Loos was nine years old.

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Adolf Loos's mother, Marie Loos, was a sculptor who later continued to carry on the stonemason business after her husband's death.


Young Adolf Loos had inherited his father's hearing impairment and was significantly handicapped by it throughout his life, contributing to his solitary character.


Adolf Loos attended several Gymnasium schools and sought a variety of programs.


In 1884, Adolf Loos began his studies at the Stiftsgymnasium Melk for only a few months after failing an exam.


Adolf Loos then studied mechanics at the Royal and Imperial State Technical College in Liberec, but dropped to pursue building technology.


Adolf Loos then returned to mechanics again at State Crafts School in Brunn in 1889, and changed to architecture by studying at Dresden University of Technology from 1890 - 1893.


Adolf Loos ultimately did not receive any academic degree due to his sporadic education pursuits, poor academics, and his enrollment to the Austrian military in 1889.


Adolf Loos additionally was acknowledged by many scholars and was treated highly in the architectural field due to his experience.


Post college, Adolf Loos traveled to the United States and stayed there from 1893 to 1896 in desire to live auspiciously and to learn about outside architecture.


Adolf Loos started in New York and financially supported himself by working as a mason, a floor-layer, and a dish-washer.


Adolf Loos returned to Vienna in 1896 and made it his permanent residence.


Adolf Loos was a prominent figure in the city and a friend of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Arnold Schonberg, Peter Altenberg and Karl Kraus.


Adolf Loos was interested in the decorative arts, collecting sterling silver and high quality leather goods, which he noted for their plain yet luxurious appeal.


Adolf Loos's glassware, produced by Lobmeyer, is still in production today.


Adolf Loos enjoyed fashion and men's clothing, designing the famed Knize of Vienna, a haberdashery.


Adolf Loos's work includes the store of the men's fashion house Knize, Am Graben 13, Cafe Museum, Operngasse 7, Vienna, and the "American Bar", Karntnerstrasse 10, Vienna.


Adolf Loos visited the island of Skyros in 1904 and was influenced by the cubic architecture of the Greek islands.


Adolf Loos designed several housing projects for the City of Vienna, which was then nicknamed Red Vienna.

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Adolf Loos taught at the Sorbonne and was contracted to build a house for Tristan Tzara, which was completed 1925 on Avenue Junot 15, Paris.


Adolf Loos had an admiration for classical architecture, which is reflected in his writings and his entry to the 1922 Chicago Tribune competition.


Adolf Loos was the daughter of his clients Otto and Olga Beck, and 35 years his junior.


Adolf Loos only acquired partial hearing at the age of 12.


In 1928 Adolf Loos was disgraced by a pedophilia scandal in Vienna.


Adolf Loos had commissioned young girls, aged 8 to 10, from poor families to act as models in his studio.


Adolf Loos was found partially guilty in a court decision of 1928.


Adolf Loos exhibited early signs of dementia around the time of his court proceedings.


Adolf Loos died aged 62 on 23 August 1933 in Kalksburg near Vienna.


Adolf Loos's body was taken to Vienna's Zentralfriedhof to rest among the great artists and musicians of the city, including Schoenberg, Altenberg and Kraus, some of his closest friends and associates.