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, Vienna, 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 voicing their dissent and demanding that Richter’s legacy be protected. See the details, and sign the , 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 SUPERBLOCK

CJ5 House / Caramel Architekten

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: Vienna, 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

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, , Austria
Area: 1,234 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of NMPB Architekten

Doninpark / LOVE architecture and urbanism

© Jasmin Schuller

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

3XN Designs Residential Complex for Downtown Vienna

Courtesy of 3XN

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.

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

© Erika Mayer

Architects: Josef Weichenberger Architects + Partner, Ernst Hoffmann Ziviltechniker
Location: Ausstellungsstraße, 44, 1020 , Austria
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 Vienna’s Haas House, Hollein’s work manifests a unique, fascinating take on 1950s Modernism.

DC Towers I / Dominique Perrault Architecture

© Michael Nagl

Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: , Austria
Year: 2014
Photographs: Michael Nagl

Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio

© Ronald Kreimel

Architects: CRAB Studio
Location: Vienna, Austria
Architects In Charge: Sir Peter Cook, Gavin Robotham
Design Team: Sir Peter Cook, Gavin Robotham, Mark Bagguley, Stefan Lengen, Theresa Heinen
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ronald Kreimel

WU Campus Masterplan / BUSarchitektur

Courtesy of BOAnet.at

Architects: BUSarchitektur
Location: Welthandelsplatz, Vienna,
Team: Laura P. Spinadel, Jean Pierre Bolivar, Bernd Pflüger
Project Area: 67,000 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of BOAnet.at

Exac-Wu Executive Academy / NO.MAD

© Roland Halbe

Architects: NO.MAD
Location: , Austria
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Arroyo
Area: 20200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Bathing Hut / SHARE Architects

© Kurt Kuball

Architects: SHARE Architects
Location: Vienna,
Project Team: M. Bambuch
Structural Engineer: Buschina & Partner ZT GmbH
Area: 45.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Kurt Kuball