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Position 1
Josef Lackner

Ideas should define our actions. Architecture expresses ideas – however, these are often absent, and one builds anyway. In this case the best idea would be not to build.[1]

Josef Lackner's demands on architecture as well as on his contemporaries was marked by an uncompromising and consistent attitude. In his life and work everything revolved around the essential. Many of his buildings are statements on the theme of architecture, basic statements about the client's brief and the realized concepts. From this point of view, Lackner was a fundamentalist who with irony and aplomb strove in the face of the spirit of the times to address architecture itself and consciously swim against the current of the dominant aesthetics. In this way he also influenced many architects, both as an instructor and through his work.

His buildings are characterized by their austere charm, subtle intelligence, and often symbolic presence. What he despised most was thoughtlessness and superficiality, he shunned fashion trends and by virtue of his individuality always challenged the system, whether that system was architecture or society.

[1] from Josef Lackner: 11 zufällige Schlagworte, in: Architekturforum Tirol (Hg.): Josef Lackner. 1931–2000 Verlag Anton Pustet, Salzburg 2003

Josef Lackner

Born in Wörgl, Tyrol on January 31, 1931
Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts under Clemens Holzmeister from 1949 to 1952
Practical experience in studios in Düsseldorf, Freiburg, and Munich
From 1961, starts his own firm in Innsbruck
From 1979, professorship at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the Universität Innsbruck
From 1993 to 1995, dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the Universität Innsbruck
Dies in Innsbruck, Tyrol, on September 13, 2000

Buildings (selection)
Office building and factory workshops, Jenbacher Werke, 1991–1994 and 2000–2001
Schichtholzwerk Binder, Jenbach, 1996
Wüstenrot Versicherungs-AG, Salzburg, 1988–1992
Lichtstudio Bartenbach, Aldrans, 1986–1988
Youth centre, Fellbach, 1974
Boarding school run by the order of the Ursulines, Innsbruck, 1971–1980
Kirche St. Norbert, Innsbruck, 1969–1972
Grottenbad Flora, Innsbruck, 1969–70
Kirche St. Barbara, Wulfen, 1968
Pfarrzentrum Glanzing, Vienna 19th district, 1968
Church, Völs, 1965–1967
Konzilsgedächtniskirche Lainz, Vienna 13th district, 1965–1968
mk youth centre, Innsbruck, 1963–65
Kirche Neu-Arzl, Innsbruck, 1958–1960

Awards (selection)
Honorary Award of the State of Tyrol, 1998
Environmental prize Grüner Zweig awarded by the Austrian Forestry Sector for
Binder Schichtholzwerk, Jenbach, 1996
Tyrolean State Prize for New Building – recognition for Lichtlabor Bartenbach, Aldrans, 1993
Der Mensch im Raum – 1st prize awarded by the AK Tirol for Wüstenrot
Versicherungs-AG, Salzburg, and Jenbacher Transportsysteme AG, Jenbach, 1993
Salzburg State Prize for Architecture for Wüstenrot Versicherungs-AG, Salzburg, 1992
Tyrolean State Prize for New Building – distinction for housing development Amthorstraße,
Innsbruck, 1991
Tyrolean State Prize for Art, 1989
Austrian Timber Construction Award for Maier House, Hatting, 1979
Recognition Prize for Fine Art awarded by the Federal Ministry of Science and Art, 1977

Architekturforum Tirol (ed.): Josef Lackner. 1931–2000, Salzburg 2003

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Photo credit:
Schichtholzwerk Binder, Jenbach, 1996
Photo: Christof Lackner
Architekturzentrum Wien, collection

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