NEU 31 / SUPERBLOCK

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Architects: SUPERBLOCK ZT GmbH
Location: Vienna,
Project area: 840 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of ZT GmbH

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The concept of the overlapping spatial structure, open to the outsideas well as inside, with symbiotically conjoined resitential and office accomodation units is not merely a lip service here, it runs throughout all parts of the building – the spatial solution appeared that beneficial to the architects to occupy it by themselves.

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The site Neuwaldegger Straße 31 combines the „city“ with the “country” within a narrow strip of land. The building, erected on the plot 15-17 meters wide and 82 meters deep, is an attached design, with its north facade facing a high traffic street and its south side favoring the unspoilt view to the adjoining Vienna Woods.

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The concept was to create a four-level diaphanous structure, which integrates all functions of living and working and yet offers enough privacy.

All rooms and apartments are interlaced into each other and open not only to the outside but to the inside as well. This radically breaks with the classical scheme of a cube, which is bordered by four walls.

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The center of the house is an open-top 30m2 dimensioned courtyard, the glass panes of which connect the rooms of all levels optically and supply them with daylight at the same time. Both outer apartments on

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Cite: "NEU 31 / SUPERBLOCK" 05 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=148009>