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Karlsplatz Pavilions

Otto Wagner (92) was responsible for designing and engineering many aspects of Vienna’s early underground system in the late 19th century. His plans, however, did not materialize until the 1960s, when work on the metro started. One of the underground lines, the U4, runs almost exactly along his train route linking the city centre with Schonbrunn (110). A few of Wagner’s stations remain to this day — it is worth looking at the stations in Stadtpark, Kettenbruckengasse and Schonbrunn, for example — but none can match his stylish pair of underground railway exit pavilions (1898—9) alongside Karlsplatz. The patina-green copper roofs and the ornamentation complement the Karlskirche beyond. Gilt patterns are stamped onto the white marble cladding and eaves, with repetitions of Wagner’s beloved sunflower motif. The greatest impact is made by the buildings’ elegantly curving rooflines. The two pavilions face each other; one is now a caf?, the other is used for exhibitions.

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