How can the ludicrous narrowness of a plot be transformed into a tactful interplay of the Danube shoreline, the noblesse of Viennese housing, and driving along the quay?
The plot of land is situated in front of an existing housing complex erected in the 1970s, which has enjoyed a clear view of the Danube ever since. Now a multistory structure for around 700 vehicles and 190 new flats is to be built on the 400-meter-long belt as part of the program “Council Housing NEU.” In the design, special attention was paid to exploring the ratio between existing and new buildings, particularly in maintaining the vistas as far as possible as well as by exploiting the multistory parking structure as a facilitator of a new open space.
The strip stretching 400 meters is transformed into an enfilade of meandering interstitial spaces. The pronounced rhythm of high and low succeeds, together with the green space swaying to and fro, in creating a three-dimensional swelling and ebbing stretch of open space that enables the existing and new buildings to engage in a dialogue. While the exposed balcony edge (above the parking strcuture) directs the gaze across the Handelskai towards the green embankment of the Danube, the interior “inland line” meanders between the planes of ground and balcony levels with an enfilade of greened terraces, hobby spaces, service rooms, and stairwells. At the balcony level itself, this enfilade of neighborhood-related community spaces creates an attractive area for the entire residential district. From the Handelskai perspective, the enfilade opens up for the individual clusters of housing in a rhythmic dialogue with the existing structures and gives rise to a substantial appearance.