Adolf Loos's Raumplan Theory

Cynthia Jara

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This article presents an argument demonstrating the complexity and generative capacity of Adolf Loos’s raumplan theory. In pursuing this goal, I have used the first raumplan scheme to be realized—the Rufer House, built in Vienna in 1922—as a medium through which to review the definition of raumplan developed by Loos’s modernist disciples. As an alternative to traditional interpretations, I propose an analysis of the theory based on four characteristics of raum—site, presence, gathering, and staying among things—posited by Martin Heidegger in his 1954 essay, “Building Dwelling Thinking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-201
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Architectural Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


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