Deluxe Mountain Chalets / Viereck Architects

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Architects: Viereck Architects
Location: Styria,
Area: 316.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Viereck Architects

Spotlight: Hans Hollein

Mobiles Büro, aufblasbares Bürogebäude, 1969 . Image © Gino Molin-Pradl

Described by Richard Meier as an architect whose “groundbreaking ideas” have “had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects,” Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein worked in all aspects of design, from architecture to furniture, jewelry, glasses, lamps – even door handles. Known in particular for his museum designs, from the Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach to the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt to ’s Haas House, Hollein’s work manifests a unique, fascinating take on 1950s Modernism.

Share Your Ideas for a Livable City with the Walking Visionaries Awards

Walk21 Vienna has launched its Walking Visionaries , a challenge that invites people from around the globe to explore the many ways walking can be implemented into our daily lives to support sustainable and livable cities. Submit a solution now through April 30, 2015 for a chance to participate in the Walk21 Conference in Vienna, Austria in October 2015. 30 winners will receive a free ticket to the conference and given the chance to meet leading professionals and share their ideas with other visionaries through mediums such as lectures, round table discussions, and workshops. Additionally, the winners’ solutions will be published in the conference documentation. Selected by both public opinion and a jury vote, winning submissions will be announced in June 2015. For more information or to submit an idea, visit

Weritas – Regional Visitor and Wine Center / gerner°gerner plus

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Architects: gerner°gerner plus
Location: Lower ,
Design Team: Matthias Raiger, Peter Blasl, Laurenz Vogel, Oliver Gerner, Christian Münster
Area: 550.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Matthias Raiger

AZPML and SHARE Selected to Design 115-Meter Viennese Office Tower


AZPML and SHARE architects have won a competition to the design a new prominent office tower in Vienna. The building, Schnirchgasse 11 “aims to strike a balance between a distinctive identity for the complex and an efficient operation, both in terms of flexibility of use and environmental performance,” by taking on a rhomboidal shape derived from the site’s geometry and shade conditions.

More about the competition-winning scheme, after the break.

Vienna to Build World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper

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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 , 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

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Architects: Bernd Riegger Architektur
Location: Wolfurt, Austria
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

House SPI / Spado Architects

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Architects: Spado Architects
Location: Carinthia,
Project Managers: DI Hannes Schienegger and Arch DI Harald Weber
Area: 161.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kurt Kuball

Kulturzentrum Ischgl / Parc Architekten

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Architects: Parc Architekten
Location: Eggerweg 4, 6561 Ischgl,
Architect In Charge: Michael Fuchs, Barbara Poberschnigg, Di Dipl W-ing
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: David Schreyer, Karl Heinz, Courtesy of

IVB Operational Service Building Innsbruck / peterlorenzateliers

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Architects: peterlorenzateliers
Location: Pastorstraße, 6020 Innsbruck,
Area: 4132.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paolo Utimpergher

Bus Stop Kressbad / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

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Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects
Location: Krumbach, 6942 Krumbach,
Architects In Charge: Sami Rintala, Dagur Eggertsson, Vibeke Jenssen
Photographs: Yuri Palmin

Haus Für Julia Und Björn / Innauer-Matt Architekten

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Architects: Innauer-Matt Architekten
Location: 6863 Egg,
Site Area: 845m2

Area: 148.0 sqm
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter, Dornbirn

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

Exterior showing the “slit”. Image © Isochrom

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.

Garden House Refugium Laboratorium Klausur / Hertl Architekten

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Architects: Hertl Architekten
Location: Haratzmüllerstraße 41, 4400 , Austria
Collaborators: Hans Sikora, Hinterndorfer Bau GesmbH
Area: 790.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Walter Ebenhofer

Viennese Guest Room / heri&salli

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Architects: heri&salli
Location: ,
Design Team: Wolfgang Novotny
Year: 2015
Photographs: Hans Schubert

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

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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


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.

House G / Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

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Architects: Bechter Zaffignani Architekten
Location: Vorarlberg,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Rasmus Norlander