The Villa Beer (1929-1930) is considered to be one of Josef Frank's—the great Austro-Swedish architect—most important built projects. As reported by DisegnoDaily, the architectural integrity of the house—which was originally commissioned by the industrialist Julius Beer and built in the Viennese suburb of Hietzing—is now under threat despite being proposed for protection by the Austrian government as a historic site in 2007.
The private owners of the building (who purchased the structure for €2.8 million in 2012) have proposed to split the house into three separate apartments, "completely effacing the architect’s plan." An elevator will also be installed alongside an additional staircase.
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