Sunday, 9 February 2014

The World's Longest Residential Building | Karl Marx-Hof

Karl Marx-Hof, also know as Gemeindebauten in Vienna situated in Heiligenstadt. Karl Marx-Hof is the world's longest residential building, stretching over a kilometer through the nineteenth district better know for large house and diplomatic residences.

Karl Marx-Hof is built on land that, until the twelfth century, had been under the water of the Danube, deep enough for ships to travel over the area. By 1750, all that remained was a pool of water, which was drained by holy Roman Emperor Joseph II. Garden were then built in the area, but these were removed by the Vienna city council, then controlled by the Social Democratic Party Of Austria, to make room for the erection of Karl Marx-Hof, financed bye a special tax name after Councillor Hugo Breitner, commissioning locally and internationally renowned architects

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Karl Marx-Hof was built between 1927 and 1930 by city planner Karl Ehn. a follower of Otto Wagner. It held 1,382 apartments (with a size of 30-60 m² each) and was called the Reingstraße des Prolietariats, the Ring-road of the Proletariat. Only 18.5% of the 1,000 meters long, 156,000-m² large area was built up, with the rest of the area developed into play areas and gardens. Designed for a population of about 5,000, the premises include many amenities, including laundromats, baths, kindergartens, a library, doctor offices, and business offices.

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