The House Dellacher stands in stark contrast to its surroundings. Effervescent white with double stairs and floor-to-ceiling windows, the modernist structure is a visual surprise among the rolling green meadows of Oberwart. It’s no wonder that the same architect, Raimund Abraham, became famous for the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, on par with modern masterpieces such as the Seagram Building and the Guggenheim Museum.
Built between 1965 and 1969 for Abraham’s friend Max Dellacher, one can only imagine what the photographer might have thought, sitting in the living room overlooking the pool and the meadow beyond – having the chance to live in a structure that would become one of Austria’s most important architectural monuments. Abandoned since the 1990s the property took a turn for the worse, but was saved and renovated in 2016 by architect Johannes Handler. The single-family-house has details that give a direct understanding of the architect’s visual proclivities – walking up the beautifully winding wooden staircase with a handrail that supports the hand perfectly or the ‘60s style vintage furniture that gives a sense that Mr Dellacher might come back at any given moment.
Words: Feride Yalav-Heckeroth
Photos: Das Dellacher