University of Applied Arts Extension Proposal / Wolfgang Tschapeller

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Wolfgang Tschapeller shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the extension of the University of Applied Arts in . The removal of stair and elevator cores displays a pure serial structure. What remains are solely col-umns and slabs, ready for multiple functional readings. The broadway is not only a means of circulation, it is the platform where members and knowledge of the 17 different studios meet. It is the informal marketplace for cross disciplinary projects.More images and architects’ description after the break.

Landscape Fence / Heri & Salli

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Architect: Heri & Salli 
Location: ,
Project Team: Lukas Allner, Monir Karimi
Structural Engineering: Bollinger-Grohmann-Schneider; Wien
Metallbau: Metallbau Fischer; Klagenfurt
Surface: SFK Tischler GmbH; Kirchham
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul Ott Photografiert, Heri & Salli

Europan 2011 Winning Proposal / Artur Borejszo, Leena Cho, Jason Hilgefort, Andreas Karavanas

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The proposal of Dreiecksplatz, designed by Artur Borejszo, , Jason Hilgefort, and Andreas Karavanas recently won the first prize for Europan 11 competition in Vienna, . Located between the Vienna Ring and Vienna Woods, the site embraces the marks of both environment – urban and nature – as a basis for future development. Currently surrounded by houses with a large amount of private green space, what they believe is needed in the site is a generous, quality public space that will invite and sustain diverse groups of community to gather, live and work by. More images and project description after the break.

Verbund Headquarter Facade / SOLID Architecture

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The headquarters of the Verbund AG is a block perimeter development built around a central courtyard in ’s first district. It was erected between 1952 and 1954 to designs by Carl Appel and is bordered on three sides by public streets or squares. The street facade extends from the square known as Am Hof along Heidenschuss towards Freyung and into Tiefer Graben. The block perimeter development is made up of two volumes, one facing onto Am Hof and the other towards Freyung. In formal terms the building refers back to the architecture of the interwar period. On the other hand the economical use of design and decorative elements, for example the window reveals of real stone, is characteristic of the post-war era. As this facade design had reached the end of its useful life, an invited competition was set up for the redesign of these areas. This competition was won by SOLID Architecture. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Herzberg Public Housing / AllesWirdGut Architektur + feld72

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Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur + feld72
Location: Vienna,
Client: EGW Heimstätte + ÖVW Österreichisches Wohnungswerk
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 20,212 sqm
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

Bernhard Leitner: Sound Spaces

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“I can hear with my knee better than with my calves.” This statement made by Bernhard Leitner, which initially seems absurd, can be explained in light of an interest that he still pursues today with unbroken passion and meticulousness: the study of the relationship between , space, and body. Since the late 1960s, Bernhard Leitner has been working in the realm between architecture, sculpture, and music, conceiving of sounds as constructive material, as architectural elements that allow a space to emerge. Sounds move with various speeds through a space, they rise and fall, resonate back and forth, and bridge dynamic, constantly changing spatial bodies within the static limits of the architectural framework. Idiosyncratic spaces emerge that cannot be fixed visually and are impossible to survey from the outside, audible spaces that can be felt with the entire body. Leitner speaks of “corporeal” hearing, whereby acoustic perception not only takes place by way of the ears, but through the entire body, and each part of the body can hear differently.

- George Kargl, Fine Arts Vienna

   

Junges wohnen am nordbahnhof / synn architekten

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Architect: synn architekten
Location: Vienna,
Landscape Architect: DI Hannes Batik
Contractor: Arge Gebös Nordbahnhof Mischek/Universale
Master Planning: Dr. Ronald Mischek ZT GmbH
Photographs: Manfred Seidl

Vienna Design Week 2011

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The Vienna Design Week 2011, now in its fifth year, is Austria’s most important international design festival. From September 30 — October 9th, 2011, it will bring some of the best designers of our time to the Austrian capital while simultaneously fostering the talents of tomorrow. The festival is diversified in content — comprising positions of product design, industrial design, and furniture design. For more information, please click here.

AD Classics: Haas Haus / Hans Hollein

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The modern Hass Haus, designed by , was controversial from its initiation in 1987. The intrusion of a contemporary glass and stone building was met with a resistance, much to do with its location in the shadow of ’s oldest and greatest architectural masterpieces – St. Stephen’s Cathedral. If anything, the building’s locale in St. Stephens Square is most complementary to the antique cathedral; the contours of the church are brilliantly mirrored on the Hass Haus’ façade and display that modern architecture can be momentous, as well as unobtrusive to its historical context.

More on the Hass Haus after the break.

Urban Topos / HOLODECK architects

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Architect: HOLODECK architects
Location: Turnergasse 24, 1150 , Austria
Project Team: Arch. Marlies Breuss, Arch. Michael Ogertschnig, DI Carolin Saile, DI Christian Rottensteiner, Nana Schilling
Structural Engineer: DI Bernhard Ruczka Building Physics: DI Röhrer
Consultants: Ing. Riebenbauer, Oberwart Site Management: Arch. Reicheln
Building Firm: Habau GmbH Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

Vienna Design Week 2011

The Vienna Design Week, now in its fifth year, is ’s most important international design festival. From 30 September – 9 October 2011, it will bring some of the best designers of our time to the Austrian capital while simultaneously fostering talents of tomorrow. The festival is diverse in content – comprising the areas of product design, industrial design, and furniture design.

With exhibitions, venue-specific installations, theme specials, talks, and of course plenty of opportunities to party and network, Design Week is an attraction not only for the international design scene. It most explicitly aims to appeal to a wide public audience in , including international guests: in cooperation with many partners – museums, institutions and companies – the whole city becomes a platform and a showcase for design. The Design Week does not have the character of a trade fair, but instead offers a variety of venues and approaches specific to . More information on the event after the break.

Wohnzimmer House / Caramel Architekten

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Architects: Caramel Architekten
Location: , Austria
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 200 sqm
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

Flederhaus / Heri & Salli

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Architects: Heri & Salli
Location: Vienna,
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Mischa Erben

NEU 31 / SUPERBLOCK ZT GmbH

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Architects: SUPERBLOCK ZT GmbH
Location: Vienna,
Project area: 840 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
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Welingergasse / Mladen Jadric Architects

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Architects: Mladen Jadric Architects
Location: Vienna,
Project team: Max Krankl (PA), Oliver Krieger, Wilhelm Schnabl, Thomas Galos, Zuzana Nagelova, Polina Petrova, Daniel Marin Romero, Mitra Pourazim, Jacobus Schlager
Client: GPA WBV
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Project area: 1,235 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2008
Photographs: Pez Hejduk Architekturfotografie

National Library of Austria Extension / Prechteck

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The design proposal for the extension to the National Library of by Prechteck is to be seen as an extension of the bordering park and takes off at its northwest end to cross over the drop-off lane on 4.5m with a twist. The design then arches back to the ground level to blend into the landscape. More images and description after the break.

Stella Zwei / Zechner & Zechner

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Architects: Zechner & Zechner
Location: Vienna,
Project developer: IC-Pojektentwicklung GmbH
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Thilo Härdtlein

The Flagship Store / Solid Architecture

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Architects: Solid Architecture
Location: , Austria
Project Team: Christine Horner, Christoph Hinterreitner, Anna Rosinke, Kristina Zaunschirm, Tibor Tarcsay, Daniel Glaser
Client: Bene AG
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Günter Kresser