The work of art is brought into the world without there being a need for it. The house satisfies a requirement. The work of art is responsible to none; the house is responsible to everyone. The work of art wants to draw people out of their state of comfort.

-Adolf Loos
Adolf Loos

Supply and demand regulate architectural form.

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

I have emerged victorious from my thirty years of struggle. I have freed mankind from superfluous ornament.

Adolf Loos
The house has to serve comfort. The work of art is revolutionary; the house is conservative.
Adolf Loos

Be truthful. Nature only sides with truth.

Adolf Loos
The work of art is brought into the world without there being a need for it. The house satisfies a requirement. The work of art is responsible to none; the house is responsible to everyone. The work of art wants to draw people out of their state of comfort.
Adolf Loos

If nothing were left of an extinct race but a single button, I would be able to infer, form the shape of that button, how these people dressed, built their houses, how they lived, what was their religion, their art, their mentality.

Adolf Loos
At the beginning of the nineteenth century we abandoned tradition, it's at that point that I intend to renew it because the present is built on the past just as the past was built on the times that went before it.