Last updated on May 9th, 2020
Austrian Historicism style in the inside and Neo-renaissance on the outside; the beautiful Semper Depot was built in the 1870s according to the designs of Gottfried Semper (the designer of the Hofburg, the Natural History Museum and the Burgtheater) and Karl Hasenauer. The building's original function was to house theatrical set design studios and workshops, where they painted huge backgrounds for performances in the Opera House and the Burgtheater. This function and the unusual fan-shaped space of the land plot is the reason why such a unique shaped inner courtyard was created, enabling the workers to lift their works between the four floors. Using one of the highly important inventions of that time, the building is held by a cast iron structure. The wooden boards and beams of the courtyard are held up by six-meter tall metal columns. There are also huge studio rooms, which are connected to each other by one hundred doors.The building was empty for decades and was planned to be deconstructed, but thankfully it was saved due to its architectural importance. Now it gives home to some of the Viennese Fine Art University’s studios, next to countless events, concerts, performances and festivals, as well as fine art exhibitions created specifically connecting to this one of a kind space.