Apartment Building on Gudrunstraße, Vienna
The immediate vicinity of the Hauptbahnhof, Vienna’s main train station, is witnessing the development of an entirely new urban neighborhood – the “Sonnwendviertel” in the 10th district, the green center of which will be the seven-hectare Helmut Zilk Park. A total of 5,000 apartments for 15,000 Vienna residents are being created at this site, and the entire area will be built up and filled with life by 2019. One of the new places that people will be calling home is our apartment building at the beginning of Gudrunstraße.
Our building here extends horizontally and has a “high-rise” structure placed on top.
A clear break in the urban fabric.
In order to have this building’s volume seem less massive, its two outwardly perceptible sections look as if they weren’t fused with each other; instead, the “high-rise” sits on the base section as if riding piggy-back. This nod to Vienna’s typical eaves height affirms the dimensions to which the surrounding area adheres.
Greenery in Sight
Together with the entities that financed this project, we’ve built 311 affordable rental apartments with between two and four rooms and floor space of 49–115 m2 in a building right across the street from the adjacent park. The “entrance” to the Sonnwendviertel here consists in a green forecourt-like area with seating furniture; this is a place for meeting and arriving, a buffer zone to the street.
Our objective: to create as many apartments with a pleasing view as possible.
The loggia and windows are designed with solid 70-cm-high parapets topped by balustrades, thus forming spaces both private and semi-public. And each stairwell has its own slightly recessed entrance that’s protected from the weather by the loggia above.
Ground Floor Accessibility
The ground floor provides access to the entirety of the building’s horizontally and vertically oriented inner structures. And it’s from this level that one reaches this building’s communal facilities: a common room where the two structures interface plus a table tennis room and leasable storage spaces. And on the upper floors, the access routes are kept extremely compact, making possible efficient floor plans for affordable living spaces.
A richly varied range of apartments for all tastes and requirements.
Type of commission
Scope of commission
Entwurf bis zur Einreichung, Leitdetailplanung, KO
Gudrunstraße Errichtungs GmbH
Net usable floor area
11.450 m² Wohnnutzfläche
Gross floor area
15,6 Mio. €
Eva Fischer (PL), Werner Reifner (PL), Thomas Karl, David Kovařík, Carina Keller, Anna Ladurner
Dr. Ronald Mischek ZT
Dr. Ronald Mischek ZT
Carla Lo Landschaftsarchitektur
Fire safety planning
KIBB Immobilien GmbH
Bachmann Oberweger Architekten ZT GmbH