Top 10 Quotes by Adolf Loos

Adolf Loos

Supply and demand regulate architectural form.

Adolf Loos
All art is erotic. The first ornament to have been invented, the cross, was of erotic origin. It was the first work of art. A horizontal stroke: the woman lying down. A vertical stroke: the male who penetrates her.
Adolf Loos

The Potemkin city of which I wish to speak here is none other than our dear Vienna herself. Adolf

Adolf Loos
The house has to please everyone, contrary to the work of art which does not. The work is a private matter for the artist. The house is not.
Adolf Loos

Changes in the traditional way of building are only permitted if they are an improvement. Otherwise stay with what is traditional, for truth, even if it be hundreds of years old has a stronger inner bond with us than the lie that walks by our side.

Adolf Loos
The room has to be comfortable; the house has to look habitable.
Adolf Loos

Tattooed men who are not behind bars are either latent criminals or degenerate aristocrats. If someone who is tattooed dies in freedom, then he does so a few years before he would have committed murder.

Adolf Loos
Architecture arouses sentiments in man. The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
Adolf Loos

Be not afraid of being called un-fashionable.

Adolf Loos
Does it follow that the house has nothing in common with art and is architecture not to be included in the arts? Only a very small part of architecture belongs to art: the tomb and the monument. Everything else that fulfils a function is to be excluded from the domain of art.