Monday, January 31, 2011

Theater Museum #1

This week I´m taking you to the Austrian Theater Museum. It is located in the baroque Lobkowitz Palace, the first important urban palace constructed after the second siege by the Turks in 1683. So let´s enter the beautiful wooden door!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Maria Am Gestade Gallery

I love the white portal of this small atelier/gallery and the lanterns at the entrance door. Unfortunately, in Vienna you rarely see this kind of portal.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

They will be back

Do you remember the Christmas illumination on Graben? The chandeliers have finally been removed last week, and I have to say that after seeing them for nearly two months the Graben now seems a little empty to me, but they surely will be back next December.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bewitched

The title of the new installation in the window of the Swarovski shop is "Bewitched": Wild, mystical bird-like creatures are milling around in a spooky yet beautiful forest, wearing magnificent gowns, embroidered with crystals, created by renown designers from England (Julian MacDonald, Vivienne Westwood), Japan (Jumi Katsura), Israel (Dany Mizrahi) and India (JJ Valaya). For pictures of previous installations please click here.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Canine Models #2

Here´s another canine model doing a great job. He seems to like his scarf, doesn´t he?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Canine Models #1

I guess you all know this brand ;-) That´s where I buy most of my clothes. I like the outfit in this window but the doggies with their coat made of string caught my eye even more.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

For ladies who want to cycle in style...

Hermès collaborated with a Dutch bicycle manufacturer and adorned a typical old Dutch bicycle with meticulously stitched leather accents on the frame, saddle and handles. Personally, I prefer the modern, more sportive bicycles - but maybe that´s only because I can´t afford such a chic one...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Reflections #2

After our last week´s little walk in the northern outskirts we are now back to the city center and its shop windows. Let´s start with these reflections in the window of an optician in Wollzeile.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

View of the town #3

The view from Oberer Reisenbergweg: between the trees you can see the spire of the Grinzing parish church and more in the background the modern Millennium Tower.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

John of Nepomuk

This statue of John of Nepomuk is located on Pfarrplatz in the 19th district. In the background, on the left side, you can see the romanesque St. James´s Church.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Rooms With A View

From the rooms of this house situated on a hillside in the 19th district the view of the town must be gorgeous.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Doorway #3

I discovered this painted door in Greinergasse in the 19th district. If you zoom in you can see scenes of the four seasons.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grinzing #1

Here´s a view of Himmelstraße in the 19th district: on the left side a wayside shrine, on the right side the spire of the Grinzing parish church. Grinzing was integrated into the city of Vienna in 1892, the reputation of this area is based on its viticulture and numerous Heurige (wine taverns where the most recent wine is served).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pretzel & Crescents

I love this house on Greiner Strasse with the pretzel and the two crescents on the facade. I don´t know if they indicate that in the past the building housed a bakery or if they simply try to call attention to the café that you can find there nowadays.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Flower Power

Lately the weather was just like in spring, yesterday (Sunday) everybody was out to enjoy the unusual temperatures and the sun. I took a walk in the northern outskirts, that´s were I stumbled upon this colourful painted car that made me think of the hippie movement...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Windows

The windows of the 5 star hotel Vienna Marriott, situated in the city center. It was opened in 1985, and I think its architecture is very typical for the 80s.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Collection

While sale is still going on, the new collections are already arriving to the shops. I can´t take a fancy to this rather classic style and these colours but you can´t always follow fashion trends...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fake Flowers

I discovered these fabric flowers some weeks ago in front of a gift shop in the city center. I think they are very well made, at the first glance I wouldn´t tell that they are not real flowers.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Doorway #2

This doorway in Rauhensteingasse 3 in the city center is very interesting: It shows manifold freemasonic symbols - 3 doorknobs, 3 bells on each side of the door and 2 intertwined squares (2x4= 8 the perfect number). The rough stone dangling under the street number symbolizes the imperfect man who needs to be worked by the mason in order to get shaped and smoothed. In this building the members of the Austrian Grand Lodge get together once in a week.For the history of Freemasonry in Austria please click here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Photographs

I spotted these beautiful photographs some days ago in a photo gallery in the Nouvel Tower. The gallery offers a huge variety of works from established photographers, newcomers and historical archives in hand-signed limited editions. I would love to buy all of these photographs!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nouvel Tower #3

For the moment that´s the last photo of the Jean Nouvel tower ;-) Normally, I don´t take pictures of escalators, but in this special case I had to make an exeption. Once again I love the light!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Nouvel Tower #2

That´s another ceiling painting by Pipilotti Rist in the new Jean Nouvel tower. You can see this ceiling from outside, I took this picture from the sidewalk.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Nouvel Tower #1

Another modern building on the banks of the Danube Canal is the newly constructed 75m high tower designed by French architect Jean Nouvel (click here for a photo I took last summer and here for a video about the building). It houses not only the luxury hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, but also restaurants, a bar and a design shopping center. In this photo you can see the entrance of the hotel and a colourful ceiling painting by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

UNIQA Tower #1

The facade of the UNIQA Tower, a 75m high office building of an insurance group on the banks of the Danube Canal, was designed as media facade. A matrix of 160.000 individually controllable LED video pixels is attached to profiles in between the double layered glass facade (7.000 sqm) and brings the building to life when it gets dark. Currently stars are moving all over the facade. If you want to get a better idea of some of the light installations, please click here, here or here.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Winter Wonderland

In December we had snow for some days, but it didn´t stay for long. The winter wonderland in the window of the confectionary Oberlaa is more permanent.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Platform With A View

This was my view while waiting for the subway after running the last errands for Christmas. I love the light and atmosphere in this photo. In the distance you can see some modern apartment buildings in the 22nd district.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Winter Sale

In Vienna winter sale started the very first work day after Christmas. Last week I was busy, but this week I don´t work and will surely drop in some shops ;-)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Lights

Christmas lights on and pink lights in the Haas Haus on New Year´s Eve... I guess there was a great party going on.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

One day late

Due to yesterday´s theme day I´m one day late to wish you once again a happy New Year with these cute lucky charms (In Austria pigs bring good luck).

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January Theme Day: Photo of the Year 2010

I wouldn´t say that this photo, posted originally on November 30, is the best photo of the last year, but I really like it a lot, because it´s funny (the hat resembles a lot the chrysanthemums) and the colours correspond perfectly to the season.
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