Must density and the creation of open space contradict each other?
The existing urban planning mission statement for Vienna’s Nordbahnhof (North Railway Station) from 1994 provided for an area-wide block edge structure on the former railway station site. Approximately half of this mission statement was implemented—albeit in a modified form. For the remaining 32 hectares, an ideas competition was launched to update the master plan due to changed framework conditions.
THE RESOURCES COUP Open Centre—Multi-purpose Edge proposes a spatial concept based on the cross-coupling of resources. This will enable the municipality and developers to implement exceptional standards and qualities. The infrastructural strategy maximizes the valorisation of the area by literally putting the open space in the center: the impressive openness of the Nordbahnhof area is seen as a future added value for the surrounding quarters: instead of fully developing the area, it is returned to the city as a unique open space. In return, the necessary investments in roads and technical infrastructure are reduced to a minimum.