Wooden Jetty at the Steinhaus, Steindorf at Lake Ossiach, 1976–1981


The wooden jetty at the Steinhaus is the first action takes Günther Domenig with respect to

the occupation of his grandmother’s property. The jetty does not lead from the shore into the lake, but rather out of the water and onto the land. A complicated structure, a built oscillation, a possessive gesture and an object to climb on and fall off.

Many architectural critics considered this hand, which seems to carry the building from the inside, pulling it out of nothing as it were, to be a superfluous exaggeration. Kitsch. It is not. It is a symbol of a paradigm shift in modern architecture, of the restoration

of the archetypal union of building and body.”

Jan Tabor, architectural critic

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