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 Vienna’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 Awards, 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 walk21vienna.com.

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

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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

© OLN/office le nomade

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. 

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

Exterior showing the “slit”. Image © Isochrom Vienna

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.

Viennese Guest Room / heri&salli

© Hans Schubert

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

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

Library and Learning Centre University of Economics / Architects. 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.

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.

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

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.

Wirtschaftspark Breitensee / HOLODECK Architects

© Wolfgang Thaler

Architects: HOLODECK Architects
Location: Goldschlagstraße 172, 1140 , Austria
Area: 30300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wolfgang Thaler

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

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, Austria
Partners In Charge: , Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer
Area: 28,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Iwan Baan

A+U 525: Vienna Transition Of Theory And Expression

From the publisher. Between the late 19th century and early 20th century, was the epicenter of new architectural movements. Architects like Gottfried Semper, Otto Wagner, and Adolf Loos presented pioneering theories and expressions which influenced the world. Furthermore, cityscape of had been the subject of architects’ creation. They form the layers in ’s urban structure, and architects who design in this city must interpret this structure and upon which further form new layers.

June 2014 issue of a+u  introduces the theories and their expressions of architecture in Vienna, and their transition from the pre-modern to the modern to the present, through 60+ newly-photographed works, two essays on “transformation of architectural expression through building facades” and “recent developments for urban expansion zones”, and interviews with contemporary architects.

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,

Department Building Waehringerstrasse 29 / NMPB Architekten

Courtesy of NMPB Architekten

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

Doninpark / LOVE architecture and urbanism

© Jasmin Schuller

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