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‘Counter-Modernist’ Domenig dies at 77

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Günther Domenig, the ‘expressionistic, counter-Modernist’ Austrian architect has died aged 77.

He is best known for his free-flowing Zentralsparkasse bank in Vienna, with its overhanging metal ‘mouth’ which achieved worldwide acclaim.

The architect’s own concrete home, the ‘Steinhaus’ at Lake Ossiach near Klagenfurt, became a ‘personal manifesto’ which he worked on, and added to, for more than 30 years.

Paying tribute to Domenig, fellow Austrian Wolf Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au said: ‘Long before the convoluted computer architects started using parametric tools to give their lame design a boost, Domenig had not only designed the first three-dimensional facade, but actually built it, too.’

Domenig’s other stand-out schemes include the OWI-Zentrum university building at Karl Franzens Universität, Graz (1996) and the Nazi Documentation Centre in Nuremberg (1998).

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