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.
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.
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.