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The Arthur-Schnitzler-Hof is a residential tower block in Döbling , a quarter on the northern side of central Vienna. It was built between 1959 and 1960, according to plans produced by the architects Michel Engelhart and Alois Machatschek. It comprises 47 residential apartments.
In the late 1950s, after seven Nazi years followed by a decade of Soviet occupation, Vienna suffered from an acute housing shortage. The answer was a municipal building programme that would set the pattern for subsequent decades. Using "Plattenbau" construction, it became possible to construct residential apartment complexes taller and wider than ever before, mainly based on large simple block shaped structures. New regulations meant that new apartments all now came with a built-in bathroom and toilet, while the minimum floor space required was increased from 42 to 55 square meters. Constructed between 1959 and 1960, the Arthur-Schnitzler-Hof was an early example, in Austria, of the new approach.
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