Ehn apprenticed under Otto Wagner, began working for the Vienna City Administration in 1908, and as City Architect of Vienna was responsible for many Gemeindebau (public housing projects) of the 1920s and 1930s. It is estimated that Ehn designed a total of 2,716 flats during his career.
Initially his designs were informed by the English Garden City movement as shown by his early commission at Hermewiese (1923). His most notable single design remains the colossal Karl Marx-Hof (1926-1930), the largest and best example of innovative public housing built during the Socialist Red Vienna movement.
Ehn's work in Vienna includes:
- Hermeswiese (1923)
- Lindenhof project (1924)
- Bebelhof (1925)
- Karl Marx-Hof, Heiligenstadt (1927)
- Adelheid-Popp-Hof (1932)
- Architecture in Austria : a Survey of the 20th Century, edited by Sasha Pirker and the Architektur Zentrum Wien, page 66
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