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Rathausstrasse 1
Rathausstrasse 1
Urban and public realm for a corporate building at Rathausstraße 1, 1010 Vienna
Competition entry (1st prize) 2013 in cooperation with Schuberth und Schuberth, Stadler Prenn Architekten, ostertag architects;
size appr. 3.000m²; planning since 2014; realisation scheduled for 2017

The open space design for a new office and retail building in Vienna’s first district reinterprets the historic city grid of the so called Carreé.

 

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Re-interpretation of the city grid

Built in the second half of the 19th century the carreé holds a strict set of urban planning and architectional rules, including builing heights, building perimeters, footpath alignments, viewing axis,… The current objective to convert the adjacent Rathausstraße into a pedestrian zone, an alteration to the initial intention, is met by a contemporary translation and reimplementation of this urban framework.

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Green car show

The new pedestrian area therefor retains the graphic appearance of a street scape while offering barrier free acccessibity. Granitic paved footpaths define a new plaza instead of a roadway. Instead of parked cars, a 20th century addition, parked and trimmed hedges seamlessly continue the cubage of the adjacent streets.

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Elevation and perspective