Martin Polák, 2005

Villa Müller, Prague, 1928–30. Photo: Martin Polák, 2005

The RIBA’s links with architect Adolf Loos go back to WWII when the RIBA British Architectural Library saved his archive from being lost.  So it is perhaps fitting that the RIBA is going to celebrate his work and legacy through a season of interlinked exhibitions, displays and talks, which will take up three floors of the RIBA headquarters.

While Loos is famous for his work in Vienna, the exhibition will look at his career but in particular his achievements in the Czech Republic, including the iconic Villa Müller. Visitors should expect to see why his interiors are still admired, through a range of objects never before seen in Britain, including: drawings, models, original furniture and glass. Using material from the RIBA collections, a display in the Library will examine English influences on his thinking

The exhibition opens on 24 February 2011 and entry will be free. An accompanying online exhibtion will also be launched in the spring of 2011. Until then, browse for images of Loos’s work in the RIBA Library’s online image database RIBApix.

As a pioneer of Modern architecture, Loos remains a major influence on architecture and architects. What do you think?

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit

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  1. Oxford Architects

    May 23, 2011

    The Villa Muller is one of my favourite architectural designs of all time! I was fortunate enough to visit this exhibit and it was brilliant, I took our architect intern who was fascinated by his work!

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