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

© Roland Halbe

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: , Austria
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, , Austria
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 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 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 .

More information on the exhibition can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Europe’s Best Buildings / Mies van der Rohe Award 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 , Austria

Goldstück, Musikverein / Franz Architekten

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

Department Building Waehringerstrasse 29 / NMPB Architekten

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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 ,
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.

Austrian Pritzker Prize Laureate Hans Hollein Passes Away

Portrait, 2011.. Image © Alexandra Pawloff

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 ’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.”

See a selection of Hollein’s work, from architecture to furniture, jewelry to glasses, to a high-rise in China, after the break…

Blue Box / Hofrichter-Ritter Architekten

© Karl Heinz Putz

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

Housing Laimburggasse / Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten

© Paul Ott

Architects: Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten
Location: Laimburggasse 40, 8010 Graz,
Area: 5159.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul Ott

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

© Erika Mayer

Architects: Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner, Ernst Hoffmann Ziviltechniker
Location: Ausstellungsstraße, 44, 1020 ,
Area: 5900.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Erika Mayer

Happy Birthday Hans Hollein!

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

Austrian artist, architect, designer, theoretician and Pritzker Prize laureate Hans Hollein turns 80 today. Described by Richard Meier as an architect whose “groundbreaking ideas” have “had a major impact on the thinking of designers and architects,” Hollein has 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.

Venice Biennale 2014: Austrian Pavilion Explores the Power of Parliament

Dalian International Conference Center / Coop Himmelb(l)au. Image © Duccio Malagamba

Parliament, “the place where the power of the people has found its home,” will be the focus of ’s contribution to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. With over 200 national parliament buildings from around the world modeled at a scale of 1:500, the , “Plenum. Places of Power.” will explore how the architecture of parliament connects to the public, influences national identify, and more. 

“The idea of democratic legitimation of power is so widespread today that no nation can do without building such a place, at least in name, for a representative popular assembly,” described commissioner Dr. Christian Kühn. “What do these places look like? And how are they connected to a public whose trust in democratic formation of will seems to be dwindling around the globe?”

House Eichgraben / Franz Architekten

© Kurt Kuball

Architects: Franz Architekten
Location: Schießstättenstraße 12, 4600 , Austria
Area: 178.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kurt Kuball

Competition Entry: Austrian Pavilion (Milan Expo 2015) / Paolo Venturella

© wemage, Courtesy of Paolo Venturella

Placing fifth in the international competition to design the Austrian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo, Paolo Venturella’s concept is designed as an extruded version of the Austrian mountain house that connects two major programs: an exhibition space and “big green-house.” To the north, the elevated exhibition space is shielded by a fabric sheathing which diminishes as it moves towards the greenhouse, south, where visitors are presented with a fresh vegetable garden, bar and restaurant that serves traditional cuisine.