Accelerate@CERN Offers Residency 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 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

© Rasmus Norlander

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

Tiwag Power Station Control Center / Bechter Zaffignani Architekten

© Rasmus Norlander

Architects: Bechter Zaffignani Architekten
Location: Doktor Meinrad Praxmarer Straße, 6424 Silz,
Architect In Charge: Bechter Zaffignani Architekten, Bregenz
Year: 2014
Photographs: Rasmus Norlander

Vorarlberg Museum / Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte

© Hanspeter Schiess

Architects: Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte
Location: Kornmarktplatz 1, 6900 , Austria
Area: 6100.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hanspeter Schiess , Adolf Bereuter, Darko Todorovic

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

Library and Learning Centre University of Economics / . 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

Haus-Rucker-Co, Ballon für Zwei, Apollogasse, , 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 , 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

© Lukas Gać

Atelier Thomas Pucher has won first prize in an invited competition to realize a cluster of “Urban Terraces” in . 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.

White Pine Bungalow / abendroth architekten

© Andreas Buchberger

Architects: abendroth architekten
Location: 2143 Althöflein,
Architect In Charge: D. I. Michael Klauser
Area: 305.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andreas Buchberger

Bundesgymnasium Gainfarn – Bad Vöslau / Franz Architekten

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Architects: Franz Architekten
Location: Gainfarn, 2540 ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Franz Architekten

Apartment H+M / destilat

© Monika Nguyen

Architects: destilat
Location: Mariahilfer Straße, , Austria
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Monika Nguyen

Steirereck / PPAG architects

© Helmut Pierer

Architects: PPAG architects
Location: Stadtpark, 1030 ,
Project Leader: Manfred Karl Botz
Planning Team: Roland Basista, Jakub Dvorak, Patrick Hammer, Annika Hillebrand, Philipp Müllner, Lucie Najvarova, Adrian Trifu, Felix Zankel
Area: 1950.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Helmut Pierer, Courtesy of PPAG architects

Residential and Dental Practice Immler / ARSP

© Zooey Braun

Architects: ARSP
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zooey Braun

Haus Hohlen / Jochen Specht

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: Jochen Specht
Location: ,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

Haus Kaltschmieden / Bernardo Bader Architects

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: Bernardo Bader Architects
Location: 6951,
Area: 285.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter, Courtesy of Bernardo Bader Architects

A Small Studio for Drawing, Painting and Sculpture / Christian Tonko

© Eduard Hueber

Architects: Christian Tonko
Location: Bregenz,
Structural Engineer: Ernst Mader, Markus Flatz
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Eduard Hueber

House Feurstein / Innauer‐Matt Architekten

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: Innauer‐Matt Architekten
Location: 6867 Schwarzenberg,
Area: 140.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Adolf Bereuter

House at the Pond / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

Architects: HPSA
Location: Hubertus Street 5, 4201 Gramastetten,
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid