Informations about Adolf Hoch

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Who is Adolf Hoch? Whatīs his connection to the innsbruck freeware project?

  • Personal Information

    My Grandfather was born in 1910 in Winterberg/Bohemia.
    After his education (HTL Mödling & University of Technology ) he worked with the german architect Prof. Peter Behrens.
    He took part in the construction of the new "Alexanderplatz" Buildings in Berlin ("Berolinahaus" usw.).
    He also took part in the construction and design of the Görz - Plant.

    After the 2. Worldwar he worked as an architect in Vienna / Austria. He took part in many architectural competitions.
    One of his most important competitions had been the olympic art competition of 1948 - you will find more informations about that below

    He was famous for his designs of hospitals.
    His most famous work here is the design of the "Lorenz Boehler" Hospital in Vienna.
    The building featured a unique and new concept of steel frame construction, it had been a revolutionary concept for a building of its kind. It was a real "breakthrough" for advanced steel constructions in austria.

    For me he had been the perfect grandfather. We really had a lot of fun together....he had been the most important person beside my parents in my childhood.

    My Grandpa passed away in 1992 in Vienna.

  • Buildings and Projects

    The following projects had been designed by him:

    Karlsplatz - Competition (not realised);
    Opernpassage - Opera Passage/Vienna, as well as other underflor pedestrian malls in vienna; Schwedenbridge / Vienna;
    Vienna International Airport (LOWW) / Schwechat; Vienna Staff Housing Project US Embassy / Vienna;
    Innsbruck Intl. Airport LOWI / Kranebitten,
    Auva Hospital of the City of Salzburg; Hospital of Bruck a.d. Mur;
    Meidlinger Unfallkrankenhaus / Auva Hospital Meidling Vienna; AUVA "Lorenz Böhler Hospital" / Vienna;
    Sonderheilstätte/ Rehabilitation Unit Bad Tatzmannsdorf; Kurhaus Bad Hall; Rehab. Centr. Stollhof;
    Apartment towers "Wohnen Morgen" Vorgartenstrasse / Vienna;
    Centr. Monrovia / Liberia; "U4 - Parkshop" & "Wollerīs Komet" / Vienna.

  • Olympic Games 1948 / Art Competition

    Here a Picture of the Skijump Stadium.

    What is the olympic art competition?
    The Olympic Games of the modern ages first took place in the beginning of the 20th century within the world fairs.
    The games enriched the world fairs to provide more attractive events. Consequently not only sportive/athletic disciplines formed this early olympic games but also Arts and crafts disciplines as well as an architects competition.
    All this Disciplines had been awarded with medals in Gold, Silver and Bronze, there was no difference to the athletic disciplines. The last olympic games with that kind of art competition where that of 1948. The later olympic games didnīt feature other non-athletic disciplines, the athletic/sportive disciplines where far more popular than the arts and crafts competition.

    At the olympic games in 1948 my Grandfather won the Olympic Gold Medal (architects competition) for the Sprungschanze auf dem Kobenzl (skijumpstadium on the "cobenzl" - hill) Project.
    Here a Link to the austrian olympic museum with a feature about that.
    He won austrias only gold medall for a male competitor in 1948, for the ladies Herma Bauma won a gold medal (javelin throw). Off course it was the last gold medal ever awarded in the art discipline in history.

    The first time the medals were hung around the necks of the victors was at the Rome Olympics in 1960. On that occasion a chain made of laurel leaves was designed to suspend the medals on. Today, a coloured ribbon is often used. Before 1960, the medals had been presented in a special case. Here a picture of the 1960 gold medal (photo by the olympic museum)

    At the right side a picture of the Gold Medal my Grandpa won in 1948 (Front u. Backside). Off course without an eye for a ribbon. (Photo by Stefan Rausch)

    What was this skijump project all about?

    It was the worlds first Skijumpstadium design where the athlete was visible by the audience through the whole phase of the jump.
    In a more scientific than architectural work my grandfather develloped a solution for the visual problem of skijump stadiums.
    It was a radical new solution for a skijump stdium. A Solution for the visual problem of skijumpstadiums was considered as impossible before that design.

    IOC President Eckström (right)
    presents the Goldmedal to Adolf Hoch (left)

    This new stadium concept paved the way for the devellopment of skijumping as an extremly popular Sportevent.

    Beside of that the stadium provided a multipurpose arena system. It was possible to transform the stadium into a boxing arena or a concert arena.

    All skijumping stadiums constructed after 1948 featured elements of this conceptional design.
    (If you look e.g. at the stadium of Innsbruck / Berg Isel, you will find nearly all elements)

    If you see a skijumping contest in the future, maybe you will remember this site - and the inventor of the modern skijump arena.
    Because of the Invention of that stadium prototype and the resulting olympic gold medal he is one of the few persons featured in the book "Great Austrians" (by TGM - Vienna)

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