How can a building - the “Quartiershaus”- as a single object within the city become a long-term adaptive generator of urbanity?
For the last section of the Sonnwendviertel at the new Vienna Main Station, the master plan was revised and a smaller-scale structure was developed. (HAU 1, Geography instead of Development). In order to charge the new quarter programmatically, so-called “quarter houses” (Quartiershäuser) were put out to tender in distinctive locations as part of a competition for which property developers and planners had to present a concept together. For the active ground floor with mandatory low rents, the actual users had to be specified. The quarter house as such should offer a robust structure open to use for a varied and changeable spectrum of uses going beyond conventional housing.
First of all: it is a cool HOUSE. Pretty normal at first sight, but completely mixed with extraordinary things. The understatement of his appearance evokes a “first-sight normality”, which is then repeatedly cancelled out by smaller and larger events: the small fish, the double ground floor (ground floor and 4th floor) with its arcade loops, the playful balcony passerelle, the Spanish loggia and the quarter tree are visible signs of a profound otherness of the entire structure, even before we have to make an effort to discuss the diversity of uses.