The Groundbreaking Ceremony for ÖBB Corporate Headquarters recently took place to mark the start of construction for a new high-rise building in Vienna. Designed by Zechner & Zechner, their proposal was selected as the winner of an EU-wide competition in 2009. The building, which is located right by Vienna Central Station, will now allow several ÖBB companies to work at the same location as part of bringing together company sites. More images and architects’ description after the break.
The building consists of a five-story base section with a high-rise structure above that is divided into two different sections of different heights (88m and 67 meters). The base section includes spaces for public use, as well as for retail, services, food and drink, police and social services. A staff restaurant and conference center will also be located there. Modern flexible offices for up to 1,700 ÖBB employees are located on the upper floors (5th to 23rd floor).
The building, which is located in the south plaza of Vienna Central Station, has a flowing s-shaped floor plan in response to the station shopping mall. The selected building depth and configuration of the internal core allow the maximum flexibility of office layout (groups, cells, combination offices, business clubs). The building is equipped with a double facade and is provided with district heating and district cooling, allowing for very low energy requirements thanks to concrete core activation and the ability to reuse waste heat that this provides. A ‘gold’ certificate from ÖGNI is a guarantee of the achievement of sustainability criteria.
The foundation stone of the new ÖBB corporate headquarters has been laid in Vienna. The construction is being carried out by a consortium of HABAU, ÖSTU-STETTIN and BAI, which will complete the building by August 2014.