Roman Villa / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten
Location: 6830 Brederis,
Architects In Charge: Bernhard Marte, Stefan Marte
Area: 42.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Marc Lins

The Maiden Tower / Marte Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins

Architects: Marte Marte Architekten
Location: 6835 ,
Area: 109.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marc Lins

Fresach Diocesan Museum / Marte.Marte Architekten

© Marc Lins Photography

Architects: Marte.Marte Architekten
Location: Fresach,
Area: 430.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marc Lins Photography

Office Off / heri&salli

© Paul Ott

Architects: heri&salli
Location: Burgenland,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Ott

Residential building AATN / tp3 architekten

© Mark Sengstbratl

Architects: tp3 architekten
Location: 4680 ,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mark Sengstbratl

Wohnen Mit Scharf! / SUPERBLOCK

© Hertha Hurnaus

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

Inside “Places of Power”: Austria’s Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

© Nico Saieh

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

CJ5 House / Caramel Architekten

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: , Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus, Courtesy of Caramel Architekten

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

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Vienna,
Partners In Charge: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer
Area: 28,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Iwan Baan

Ragnitzstraße Housing / LOVE architecture and urbanism

© Jasmin Schuller

Architects: LOVE architecture and urbanism
Location: Ragnitzstraße 36, ,
Area: 1,888 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasmin Schuller

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

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects

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.

In 2013 five finalists were chosen from 335 projects nominated by European institutions and international experts – ultimately the eminent members of the jury chose the new Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik designed by the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen in collaboration with the Islandic practice Batteríið and the artist Olafur Elíasson, which was opened in 2011.

The travelling exhibition presents a total of 39 exceptional buildings from throughout Europe using plans and photographic material as well as numerous models. In the Architekturzentrum Wien the exhibition is augmented by the virtual presentation of 15 additional nominations with Austrian involvement. A catalogue with the projects selected by the jury – prizewinners, finalists and shortlist – will be presented in the context of the exhibition.

More information on the exhibition can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Europe’s Best Buildings / 2013
Website: http://www.azw.at/event.php?event_id=1492
Organizers: Fundació Mies van der Rohe
From: Thu, 10 Jul 2014
Until: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 
Venue: Architekturzentrum Wien
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

Goldstück, Musikverein / Franz Architekten

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Architects: Franz Architekten
Location: , Austria
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Franz Architekten

Department Building Waehringerstrasse 29 / NMPB Architekten

Courtesy of NMPB Architekten

Architects: NMPB Architekten
Location: Währinger Straße 29, ,
Area: 1,234 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of NMPB Architekten

Doninpark / LOVE architecture and urbanism

© Jasmin Schuller

Architects: LOVE architecture and urbanism
Location: ,
Design Team: DI Andreas Perchinig, DI Sabine Sternbach
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jasmin Schuller

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

Sou Fujimoto’s BUS:STOP design. Image © Yuri Palmin

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

Kindergarten Susi Weigel / Bernardo Bader Architects

© Adolf Bereuter

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

House S / HPSA

© Dietmar Hammerschmid

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

3XN Designs Residential Complex for Downtown Vienna

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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.