Otto Wagner (01:54)
Wagner built the Post Office Savings Bank between 1903 and 1906. Learn about his previous works and conversion to modern architecture.
Post Office Savings Bank (02:01)
The bank opened in 1880, housed in a temporary building. Wagner tested new design theories and won the bid for the new building.
Bank Construction (02:01)
The bank covers an entire trapezium shaped block; it was built in two sections. Learn Wagner's techniques that allowed for quick construction.
Exterior Style (02:56)
Thousands of iron studs decorate the outside of the building. Wagner scaled down his original design plans for statues on the outside of the bank.
Bank Offices (02:24)
The office areas were left open to accommodate the staff's changing needs. Wagner included provisions for cleanliness in his design.
Bank Features (02:05)
View the bank's safety deposit box vault, public entrance, and banking hall.
Natural Lighting (03:55)
Wagner's glass and steel designs were more functional and economical than other buildings of the time.
Beauty and Function (02:20)
Wagner was fascinated with using aluminum. Learn how his designs created a flow of movement throughout the bank.
Bank Hierarchy (03:14)
Wagner used color and chair design to show bank employee levels of importance.
Political Considerations (03:04)
Wagner began the second part of the bank in 1910, leaving a visual break between the two halves. Explore the reasons why the banks might have chosen Wagner as the architect.
Credits: The Vienna Savings Bank: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:34)
Credits: The Vienna Savings Bank: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture
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