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Optimum density

Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern

Development for WVG

Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern

Diverse living spaces

On the old village green of Aspern, a part of Vienna’s 22nd district, we planned a total of forty apartments, using two very different building typologies. The site is about 150 metres long and varies in width between 17 and 34 metres.

Our design offers residents highly usable living space, numerous lovely outdoor areas and, last not least, considerable privacy.

 

At either end of the garden we placed a multi-storey residential building that directly faces the street. Between these end buildings we positioned four stepped rows of houses, eighteen in all, which are hidden from the street. Despite a high building density of 45 % and the small distance between the rows, relative to their height, we were able to provide high-quality living space and outdoor areas.

Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern

Community and intimacy

The development regulations for the row houses would have required a very large number of rooms with sloping ceilings directly under pitched roofs: spaces that are essentially very difficult to use.

We stacked the row houses and laid out small, car-free lanes like in
a Mediterranean village.

 

Our creative interpretation of the constraints convinced the authorities that our solution could achieve much the same cubage, would involve no disadvantages for the neighbours, and, in addition, would offer the future residents contemporary floor plans with spaces that are far easier to use.

The average building height is the stipulated four metres, yet the houses – all of which have two main floors while a number have an additional, spacious roof-top level – offer highly usable spaces.

Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern
Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern
Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern

The south facades of both street front buildings have full-height openings that lead onto generously sized balconies. Jutting out from both the wall and the pitched roof, these are the distinguishing elements of the facade and give the building the requisite structure.

 

This project offers an excellent solution to the problems posed: plenty of usable floor space, optimum density and yet first class architecture.

Jörg Wippel, WVG

On the northern front the strict rhythm of the balconies gives way to a pixel-like image created by the open and closed parts of the facade.

Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern
Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern

Benjowskigasse housing development, Vienna-Aspern
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[EN] Wohnbau Benjowskigasse, Wien-Aspern

Details

Type of commission

Direktauftrag

Scope of commission

Gesamte Planung

Client

WVG Bauträger Ges.m.b.H.

Location

Wien

Design

2010

Construction

2010–2011

Status

Realisiert

Net usable floor area

3.760 m²

Building costs

5,5 Mio. €

Team

Tanja Gombotz (PL), Thomas Karl (PL), Laura Scharf, Daniel Teixidor, Tien Nguyen, Ulrike Straube

Cooperation

Structural engineer

Spreitzer Ziviltechnikergesellschaft m.b.H.

Building physics

DI Alexander Katzkow & Partner GmbH

Building services

BPS Engineering

Cost management

WVG Bauträger Ges.m.b.H.

Site supervision

WVG Bauträger Ges.m.b.H.

Photography

Hertha Hurnaus