Looshaus, Michaelerplatz, Vienna (4 images)
In 1911 Adolf Loos, one of the founding fathers of 20th-century modern architecture, built the Looshaus on imposing Michaelerplatz, facing the Imperial Palace entrance. It was considered nothing less than an architectural declaration of war. After 200 years of Baroque and neo-Baroque exuberance, the first generation of 20th-century architects had had enough. Loos led the revolt against architectural tradition; Ornament and Crime was the title of his famous manifesto, in which he inveighed...