Vorarlberg Museum / Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte

© Hanspeter Schiess

Architects: Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte
Location: Kornmarktplatz 1, 6900 Bregenz,
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 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 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 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.

White Pine Bungalow / abendroth architekten

© Andreas Buchberger

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

Bundesgymnasium Gainfarn – Bad Vöslau / Franz Architekten

Courtesy of

Architects: Franz Architekten
Location: Gainfarn, 2540 , Austria
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 , Austria
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

Residential and Dental Practice Immler / ARSP

© Zooey Braun

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

Haus Hohlen / Jochen Specht

© Adolf Bereuter

Architects: Jochen Specht
Location: , Austria
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 ,
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dietmar Hammerschmid

Fitting in the Protection Zone in Strebersdorf / Abendroth Architekten

© Andreas Buchberger

Architects: Abendroth Architekten
Location: Strebersdorf 1210,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Andreas Buchberger

Peter Rosegger Nursing Home / Dietger Wissounig Architekten

© Paul Ott

Architects: Dietger Wissounig Architekten
Location: Graz,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Paul Ott

Hadid, Gehry, and Others Fight to Save Helmut Richter’s Modernist Masterpiece

Science Secondary School in Kinkplatz, , Exterior. Image © Manfred Seidl

The Science Secondary School in Kinkplatz, Vienna is the work of late Modernist architect Helmut Richter. Considered to be his most iconic and enduring work, Richter’s school is now faced with partial demolition to make way for a conversion of the building’s use and architects from around the world are making an effort to prevent that demolition from happening. Influential individuals, from Zaha Hadid to Bernard Tschumi, have signed a petition voicing their dissent and demanding that Richter’s legacy be protected. See the details, and sign the petition, after the break.

“Hypotopia”: Architecture as a Vehicle for Political Action

© Armin Walcher

In the wake of the global financial crisis, banking scandals and government bailouts have made countless news headlines around the world. With such large sums of taxpayer money being funneled to the troubled financial sector, ordinary individuals are left to wonder how it will affect their own lives. But how can an entire country rise up and make their voices heard when it is nearly impossible to understand the magnitude of such an injustice? In Austria, a group of innovative students from the Technical University of Vienna set out to answer this question and have taken to a new form of protest in order to make the consequences of one Europe’s largest financial scandals in recent history a tangible reality.

To demonstrate the €19 billion price tag of ’s recent bailout of Hypo-Alpe-Adria, students designed and built a scale model of a fictional city called “Hypotopia,” a portmanteau of the bank’s name and “utopia.” According to Lukas Zeilbauer, “while utopia stands for an ideal fictitious world, ‘hypo’ is a Greek word meaning under, beneath or bellow – so a change coming from the bottom, from the folk.” Embodying an idealistic society with plentiful renewable resources and public education for people of all ages, the model city would theoretically contain 102,574 inhabitants, making it the sixth largest city in Austria.

Read on after the break to find out how an architecture model has drawn international attention and propelled an entire country to take action.