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Otto R. Polak-Hellwig

Otto R. Polak-Hellwig (1885–1958) studied in Vienna under Karl Mayreder, Karl König, and Karl Holey at the Technische Hochschule (1903–08), and then under Friedrich Ohmann at the Akademie der bildenden Künste (1908–09). In 1913–15, he was director of the town building authorities in Mödling. From 1918, he held the office of technical secretary to the Werk- und Siedlergesellschaft (Austrian Association for Work and Settlement) in Vienna, and was later director of the Institut für Bildstatistik. At the Vienna Werkbund Estate, he designed the interior of house no. 37 by Josef Wenzel. In 1939, he emigrated to Australia, where from 1940 he worked for the state housing authorities in Adelaide and Hobart, among other things. Polak-Hellwig was successful particularly in the field of rationalised housekeeping.