© Lukas Beck

Alban Berg Monument

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City, Country Vienna, Austria
Year 2015–2016
Client Alban Berg Foundation
Architect Coop Himmelb(l)au
Services Structural Engineering
Facts Height: 6 m | Total weight : 12 t

Situated in front of the Vienna State Opera, the monument was built to commemorate the composers of the Viennese School - Alban Berg, Arnold Schönberg, Anton Webern – and the composer and Court Opera principal Gustav Mahler. The monument stands on a pedestal elevating the entire ensemble and has an elegant, shimmery appearance due to the polished Aluminium surface.

The sculpture is made out of cast aluminium and weighs approximately 1.5 tonnes. As the structure is located above an existing underground garage, the total weight had to be limited. For this reason, a hollow aluminium structure was made. The sculpture is mounted at three points by a substructure of stainless profiles which integrate into a reinforced concrete slab. The total height of the monument is 5.5m.

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