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The Wittgenstein House Hardcover – 18 Apr 2001

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  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (18 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568982518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568982519
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 835,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By GB on 11 Mar. 2013
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I was very pleasantly surprised by this book on the house Wittgenstein designed for his sister between 1926 and 28. Although it goes into what might seem initially like rather fine detail in fact that is the delight of the book - most books on architecture fall into the coffee-table trap - pretty pictures and analysis-lite. The attempt to write paras a la Wittgenstein is sweet rather than too annoying but the details tell an awful lot about his approach and focus on the really key fact about the house - this was not Witt playing at applied philosophy - it was architecture, he really focussed on the basics - how a wall meets a floor, how pillar meet a ceiling and where, how floor tiles add to the feeling of a room. While Tractatus may be impenetrable for the most part to non logicians (and apparently to all logicians too) the building shows a sensual approach (in a Viennese teutonic context!) that is suprising - no white walls anywhere and a handrail for holding on to thought through with enormous care. Witt had the money to do it - very few would, a sympa sister as client, and it seems it probably kept him busy instead of suiciding himself like two of his brothers in a difficult patch. For me this unlikely book is a whole lot better and more satisfying about architecture than any I have read - quite a tribute as the author spent 30 yrs saving the building, yet manages helpful analysis for the ordinary reader. A treat.
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A rather interesting book about a building designed by a Viennese philosophical genius. Well-written with some history of thwarted attempts by the Viennese to demolish it.
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A large book covering mainly the ground floor rooms. Its a shame the rest of the house was not as well covered.
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The Wittgenstein House 4 May 2008
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I actually own the paperbound that I bought in Vienna in 1973 --never did get to see inside the house though. Excellent book with very nice photographs. I would have bought a hard-bound version if available at the time as mine has received a lot of wear. The detail in his architecture is very representative of his writings after the Tractatus. Buy it.
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