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Residential building AATN / tp3 architekten

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Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK

  • Architects: SUPERBLOCK
  • Location: Ernst-Melchior-Gasse 3, 1020 Vienna, Austria
  • Area: 4100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK

Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK © Hertha Hurnaus Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK Courtesy of SUPERBLOCK

Inside "Places of Power": Austria's Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

The 20th Century was a time of significant political unrest, seeing two World Wars and the 70-year rise and fall of a major superpower, the Soviet Union, among countless other conflicts. In some ways, "modernity" could be characterized by the rapid creation and crystallization of huge numbers of nation states since the outbreak of World War One a hundred years ago.

Reacting to the theme of "Absorbing Modernity" set for the national pavilions at this year's Venice Biennale, the curators of the Austrian pavilion chose to investigate the area where this political unrest most overlaps with architecture: the Parliament Buildings of countries around the world.

Read the curator's take on the pavilion after the break

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

CJ5 House / Caramel Architekten

© Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus Courtesy of Caramel Architekten

Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Partners In Charge: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer
  • Construction Project Team: Enrico Kleinke, Markus Planteu, Vincenco Cocomero, Peter Irmscher, Katharina Jacobi, Constanze Stinnes, Peter Hornung, Frédéric Beaupère, Mirjam Matthiessen, Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Tom Finke,Kristoph Nowak, Susanne Lettau, Jahann Shah Beyzavi, Florian Goscheff, Daniela Nenadic, Judith Wahle, Rassul Wassa, Julian Breinersdorfer, Nastasja Schlaf, Muhammed Patat, Elisabeth Dirnbacher
  • Competition Project Team: Cornelius Schlotthauer, Marc-Philipp Nieberg, Enrico Kleinke, Kristoph Nowak, Stefan Rinnebach, Romy Heiland, Richard Baumgartner
  • Area: 28000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Roland Halbe, Iwan Baan

Model. Image  © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Roland Halbe

Ragnitzstraße Housing / LOVE architecture and urbanism

© Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller © Jasmin Schuller

Exhibition: Europe's Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

The Mies van der Rohe Award, today one of the most important and prestigious prizes for architecture within the European competition, was first set up in 1987 by the European Union, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona. This prize which involves a total sum of 80.000 EUR is organised and awarded every two years.

Department Building Waehringerstrasse 29 / NMPB Architekten

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Doninpark / LOVE architecture and urbanism

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BUS:STOP Unveils 7 Unusual Bus Shelters by World Class Architects

A year in the making, Krumbach in Austria has unveiled seven eye-catching bus shelters which have turned the world's gaze on the tiny village. Designed by internationally renowned architects such as Wang Shu, Sou Fujimoto and Smiljan Radic, who worked in collaboration with local architects and craftsmen, the whimsical structures will put the village of 1000 residents on the map.

Curator Dietmar Steiner praised the commitment of those involved, saying "the entire project succeeded because it was supported in the most generous fashion by more than 200 people." This included the architects, who took up their projects for little more than a free holiday in the area and the chance to engage in an unusual challenge. However, BUS:STOP was not merely a vanity project: Verena Konrad, Director of vai Vorarlberger Architektur Institut, noted that the project was important for "the successful connection of infrastructure and mobility for the rural area."

See images of all 7 shelters after the break

Smiljan Radic’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin Rintala Eggertsson Architect’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin Amateur Architecture Studio’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

Kindergarten Susi Weigel / Bernardo Bader Architects

  • Architects: Bernardo Bader Architects
  • Location: Rungelinerstraße 15, 6700 Bludenz, Austria
  • Project Manager: Joachim Ambrosig
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

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House S / HPSA

  • Architects: HPSA
  • Location: Vorderweißenbach, Austria
  • Architect In Charge: Hammerschmid, Pachl, Seebacher
  • Structural Engineer: Heintzel, Steinbichl & Partner
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

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3XN Designs Residential Complex for Downtown Vienna

International design firm 3XN has recently won a competition to design a residential building in downtown Vienna, Austria.  Being so close to the historic center of the city, the project required a unique but unobtrusive appearance. With this in mind, a subtle, curving façade composed of warm colors was developed for the exterior.

Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten

  • Architects: Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten
  • Location: Graz, Austria
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Karl Heinz Putz, Christian Schellander

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Austrian Pritzker Prize Laureate Hans Hollein Passes Away

Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein has passed away twenty five days after he celebrated his eightieth birthday. Hollein, particularly known for his museum design, including Vienna’s Haas House (1990) and Frankfurt's Museum of Modern Art, was once described by Richard Meier as an architect whose "groundbreaking ideas” have “had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects."

Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

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Milestone Student Housing / Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner + Ernst Hoffmann Ziviltechniker

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