In what way can a frivolous cluster master the adventurous tightrope walk between the impossible density of a construction site and the desire for open space quality?
On the site of the former Leopoldau gas plant, approx. 1,400 apartments will be built, which will be integrated into the listed industrial estate. The funded projects were selected within the framework of a property developers’ competition, whereby an overall concept for the quarter was also to be developed. On construction site F1, 115 apartments had to be newly planned and the listed transformer station renovated. Our contribution “Open Islands” was selected for realisation on this construction site. In a subsequent cooperative phase, cross-disciplinary issues pertaining to the construction site such as mobility, social sustainability and colour design were jointly developed.
NETWORKED CITYSCAPE The former gas plant premises will be repositioned in the city: improved connections will bring the previously remote location closer to the city centre, while the new buildings and the opening of the surrounding wall will turn it into a new centre itself. WALK-THROUGH CAMPUS The historical welfare concept of a socially sustainable world of work finds its future-oriented mirror in the added value of a “communal intelligence” that transcends all building sites: the walk-through campus stands for the synergy of construction site and quarter by blurring the boundaries between the construction sites and their surroundings: with its own open space, each construction site automatically builds a piece of open space for the entire quarter. PERMEABLE HOUSE CLUSTER In order to meet the challenge of the high density of floor space, additional four buildings are built on top of four buildings: together with the former transformer station, they form a youthful, open family of buildings. Gaps open up between the buildings, opening up passageways and views and embedding the cluster in the open space structure.