Monograph

Monograph Hermann & Valentiny, Karl Krämer
Stuttgart 1991


Projects and concepts in urban architecture of Hermann and Valentiny are attractively presented in this publication. The aim of the book is to convey the adventure of the architects' creativity, to demonstrate how a vision can be grasped and captured.  For Hermann & Valentiny, visualization is a process which, through the tense relationship between emotion and reason, is characterized by pragmatism and creativity. Their architecture is distinguished by the sensitive appreciation of physical realities, and by the way in which material, light, colour and forms are imbued with the Genius Loci. 

The drawings and projects exhibited here, mostly in colour, document the yearning for a poetic architecture of the senses, which strives for continuity and for a relationship with the past. An important backdrop and also the emotional basis for the work of Hermann and Valentiny is the constant alternation between Vienna and Luxemburg and the resulting confrontation of two different building traditions. This backdrop is a source of reflection for the architects in the search for adequate forms of expression in contemporary architecture.