Public Baths & Pools in Central Europe

research project with publication

scientific research: Iris Meder

photographic documentation: Monika Schuller

Bibl. data:160 pages 16,5 x 21 cm permanent four colours hardcover € 25,– circulation: 2000 ex. date of publication 10/2011, Metro Verlag


Wellness and spa are booming. After the area of architecturally less ambitioned bathing centres we notice a trend into sophisticated design. On the other hand Middle Europe is full of first class monuments with historic bathing culture still in use. A central part of this culture is represented by the ancient therapeutic baths in the health resorts of Central Europe – places which codetermined the architecture of their epoque especialliy in the 19th century, witnessing the advance of medical, social and political progression during this time.

Tagged with a historical lead in this book publication is introducing the characteristics and specific features of the architecture and cultural history of public swimming and thermal baths in Austria and the adjoining regions Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Southern Moravia/Bohemia, Western Slovakia, Western Hungary, Slovenia, Northern Croatia, Southern Tyrol and East of Switzerland. Furthermore it is to be a useful guidebook supported with high quality photo documents from history up to the present.


Iris Meder, born 1965, studied history of art and literature. Dissertation about the Viennese School of Modernity 1910-1938. Curator i.a. for the Architekturzentrum Wien, ORTE Architekturnetzwerk Niederösterreich, Wien Museum, Jewish Museum Vienna; recently "(re)designing nature" (Künstlerhaus Wien 2010, with F. Matzner and S. Witzgall). Board Member of the ÖFGA and the Verein für Geschichte der Stadt Wien. Numerous publications about art and architecture of the modernity, most recently: Josef Frank – eine Moderne der Unordnung (Salzburg 2008) and Haus Hoch. Das Hochhaus Herrengasse" (Wien 2009, with J. Eiblmayr). Recently researching project about Austrian landscape architecture 1912-45.


Monika Schuller, born 1973, studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology. Cooperation with various architectural bureaus. Since 1996 photographic activity with focus on analogue B/W photography. Editorial staff member of the TV feature “Akku - magazine for architecture and town” (2005 to 2008). Deputy Chairman of photo group Ottakring. Exhibition “Archive of Displacement: Economic Affairs” at the Q202-Festival (Vienna 2010, with K. Reisinger).