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Vienna to Build World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper

14:17 - 2 March, 2015
Vienna to Build World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper, © OLN/office le nomade
© OLN/office le nomade

Rüdiger Lainer and Partner plans to construct the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper next year in Vienna’s Seestadt Aspern area. 76 percent of the 84-meter tower is expected to be made from wood rather than concrete, saving approximately 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions (equivalent to driving a car 25 miles a day for 1,300 years). 

“I think it is important everyone now in 2014 thinks in different ways. We have wood, which is a perfect construction material for building,” she said. “It was used 200 years ago and it was perfect then and is perfect now,” says Kerbler project developer Caroline Palfy, commenting on the architects’ decision to use wood due to its environmental benefits.

An interior loft view and more details, after the break. 

Forest Refuge / Bernd Riegger Architektur

04:00 - 23 February, 2015
Forest Refuge  / Bernd Riegger Architektur , © Adolf Bereuter
© Adolf Bereuter

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter +21

House SPI / Spado Architects

01:00 - 22 February, 2015
House SPI / Spado Architects, © Kurt Kuball
© Kurt Kuball

© Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball © Kurt Kuball +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Carinthia, Austria
  • Project Managers

    DI Hannes Schienegger and Arch DI Harald Weber
  • Area

    161.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Kulturzentrum Ischgl / Parc Architekten

01:00 - 19 February, 2015
Kulturzentrum Ischgl / Parc Architekten, © David Schreyer
© David Schreyer

© Karl Heinz Courtesy of Parc Architekten © David Schreyer © David Schreyer +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Eggerweg 4, 6561 Ischgl, Austria
  • Architect in Charge

    Michael Fuchs, Barbara Poberschnigg, Di Dipl W-ing
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    David Schreyer, Karl Heinz, Courtesy of Parc Architekten

IVB Operational Service Building Innsbruck / peterlorenzateliers

01:00 - 17 February, 2015
IVB Operational Service Building Innsbruck / peterlorenzateliers , © Paolo Utimpergher
© Paolo Utimpergher

© Paolo Utimpergher © Paolo Utimpergher © Paolo Utimpergher © Paolo Utimpergher +30

Bus Stop Kressbad / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Bus Stop Kressbad / Rintala Eggertsson Architects, © Yuri Palmin
© Yuri Palmin

© Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin © Yuri Palmin +23

Haus Für Julia Und Björn / Innauer-Matt Architekten

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Haus Für Julia Und Björn / Innauer-Matt Architekten, © Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn
© Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn

© Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn © Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn © Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn © Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn +19

Competition Entry: Pichler & Traupmann Fuses Two Axis to Envision Vienna High-Rise

00:00 - 1 February, 2015
Competition Entry: Pichler & Traupmann Fuses Two Axis to Envision Vienna High-Rise, Exterior showing the "slit". Image © Isochrom Vienna
Exterior showing the "slit". Image © Isochrom Vienna

The latest competition entry, "Gate 2 Tower" from Pichler & Traupmann Architekten examines the relationship formed between a high-rise building and its local and global surroundings to create a cohesive design that bridges the problematic gap between these different scales. Employing unconventional methods, Gate 2 Tower features geometries that not only create unique interactions, but also inform each other. 

Exterior showing the curved diagonal axis. Image © Isochrom Vienna Interior of an office space. Image © Isochrom Vienna Exterior showing relation at the "global" scale. Image © Isochrom Vienna Exterior showing the curved diagonal axis. Image © Isochrom Vienna +9

Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten, © Walter Ebenhofer
© Walter Ebenhofer

© Walter Ebenhofer © Walter Ebenhofer © Walter Ebenhofer © Walter Ebenhofer +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Haratzmüllerstraße 41, 4400 Steyr, Austria
  • Collaborators

    Hans Sikora, Hinterndorfer Bau GesmbH
  • Area

    790.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Viennese Guest Room / heri&salli

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Viennese Guest Room / heri&salli, © Hans Schubert
© Hans Schubert

© Hans Schubert © Hans Schubert © Hans Schubert © Hans Schubert +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vienna, Austria
  • Design Team

    Wolfgang Novotny
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Accelerate@CERN Offers Research Stay and Chance to Create Physics-Inspired Architecture

01:00 - 25 January, 2015
Accelerate@CERN Offers Research Stay and Chance to Create Physics-Inspired Architecture, © Arts@CERN
© Arts@CERN

The practice of architecture has always been intertwined with the study of physics, both in structure and aesthetics. As the nuances of physics become better understood, architecture has the opportunity to grow and change, such as in Herzog and de Meuron’s particle physics-based designs. In the interest of nurturing the relationship between these two fields, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Department of Arts of the Federal Chancellery of Austria are teaming up to offer the Accelerate@CERN Austria award. Read on to learn more.

MVRDV to Construct Twisting “Hourglass-Shaped” Tower Near Vienna's Famous Gasometers

00:00 - 22 January, 2015
MVRDV to Construct Twisting “Hourglass-Shaped” Tower Near Vienna's Famous Gasometers, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV has been announced as winner of a two-stage, BAI-backed competition for a new “spatially-flexible” tower with a twisting “hourglass figure” near Vienna’s world famous Gasometers. The 110-meter “Turm mit Taille” (Tower with Waist) was shaped to minimize the effect of the building’s shadow cast onto neighboring buildings and an adjacent metro station. 

© MVRDV © MVRDV Office. Image © MVRDV Housing. Image © MVRDV +10

House G / Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
House G / Bechter Zaffignani Architekten, © Rasmus Norlander
© Rasmus Norlander

© Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander +10

Tiwag Power Station Control Center / Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

01:00 - 10 January, 2015
Tiwag Power Station Control Center / Bechter Zaffignani Architekten, © Rasmus Norlander
© Rasmus Norlander

© Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander © Rasmus Norlander +20

Vorarlberg Museum / Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte

01:00 - 9 January, 2015
Vorarlberg Museum / Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte, © Hanspeter Schiess
© Hanspeter Schiess

© Adolf Bereuter © Adolf Bereuter © Hanspeter Schiess © Adolf Bereuter +18

176-Pound Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library

00:00 - 7 January, 2015
176-Pound Concrete Slab Falls From Year-Old Zaha Hadid Library, Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Roland Halbe
Library and Learning Centre University of Economics Vienna / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Roland Halbe

A 176-pound (80 kilograms) chunk of concrete cladding has fallen from year-old Library and Learning Centre at the University of Economics Vienna. This, unfortunately, isn’t the first time the Zaha Hadid-designed structure has malfunctioned; last year, an “assembly error” was deemed the reason why a large piece of fiberglass-reinforced concrete crashed down in front of the building’s entrance. 

Haus-Rucker-Co: Architectural Utopia Reloaded

01:00 - 30 December, 2014
Haus-Rucker-Co: Architectural Utopia Reloaded, Haus-Rucker-Co, Ballon für Zwei, Apollogasse, Wien, 1967. Image © Haus-Rucker-Co, Gerald Zugmann
Haus-Rucker-Co, Ballon für Zwei, Apollogasse, Wien, 1967. Image © Haus-Rucker-Co, Gerald Zugmann

When fears regarding environmental pollution and potential catastrophe were at a high in the 1970s, Haus-Rucker-Co set out to develop a “new concept of architecture.” Based in Vienna, the group was known for their interactive exhibitions and their development of utopian architectural ideas, which showed how people could affect their own environment. Now, their work between 1967 and 1977 is the theme of “Architectural Utopia Reloaded,” the latest exhibition on display at the Haus am Waldsee in Berlin.

Atelier Thomas Pucher's Urban Terraces to be Built in Vienna

01:00 - 29 December, 2014
Atelier Thomas Pucher's Urban Terraces to be Built in Vienna , © Lukas Gać
© Lukas Gać

Atelier Thomas Pucher has won first prize in an invited competition to realize a cluster of “Urban Terraces” in Vienna. Described as a product of the “modern patchwork city,” the project is designed to connect its residents to the surrounding districts and open space through the “countless sight lines” preserved by the circular nature of the mid-rise buildings. This is intended to achieve a sense of “urban porosity” within a stacked residential landscape. 

© Jam Jam © Lukas Gać © Lukas Gać Macro Neighborhoods - Our planning opens countless lines of sight between the adjacent districts as a way of bringing together the neighborhoods in a macro sense. The result is a porous urban intervention that acts as a moderator or host between the neighborhoods. Image Courtesy of Atelier Thomas Pucher +19