What is known as the canyon, an area with several changes of level and seating steps at the heart of the complex, offers all the residents an opportunity to meet there and experience community. It serves as an encounter space and a playing area for young people. At places the wooden cladding lining the walls of the ramp grows out of the wall and forms sloping surfaces to lean against or clamber up. Large horizontal surfaces are connected with the wall and form areas to lie on or to use in different ways. Together with a number of grassy hillocks the green courtyards with wing-shaped terraces that deliberately project into the middle of the central courtyard form an organic landscape. Hills, trees and shrubs with small crowns screen the private terraces. The network of paths leading through the hilly landscape is deliberately restricted to prevent the development of corridor-like routes. Meeting places are formed at junctions in front of entrance areas, laundries and the playground for small children.
Raised beds of shrubs not enclosed by fences together with strips of lawn form a buffer in front of the studio apartments. Generously sized areas are cut out of this buffer to provide access or to create spaces in which to spend time.
The highly insulated external walls are built of wood. These prefabricated wooden walls are produced in the factory at an ensured high level of quality using native wood and wood-based materials, with stone wool as insulation. In the façades wood is evident in the form of larch boarding. The party walls and internal partition walls were also produced in the factory, where they were prepared to accommodate the building services. Thanks to the high level of prefabrication and speedy assembly on site the impact on the environment as well as the amount of noise, dust and fumes can be minimized. The concrete frame allows freedom in designing the façade and permanent flexibility in the floor plans. All the ducts are concentrated on a clearly defined zone of ancillary spaces beside the circulation. The central positioning of the services shaft allows the apartment types to be mirrored from floor to floor. The appearance of the façade is structured by projecting prefabricated loggias and balconies; the façade develops into a freely played game.
The consistent use of industrially prefabricated building and construction elements offers materials and surfaces of high quality while also enabling the construction period to be kept extremely short.
ClientEBG Gemeinnützige Ein- und Mehrfamilienhäuser Baugenossenschaft reg. Gen.m.b.H, Vienna
Gross Floor Area (mq)37.439
ArchitectsBerger+Parkkinen Architekten, querkraft architekten
Design teamTeam Berger+Parkkinen Architekten: Project manager: Lucas Schuh Matthias Bachl, Jurgis Gecys, Jure Kozin, Marijana Vjesticová, Stefanie Sent; Team querkraft architekten: Project manager: Robert Haranza Dominique Dinies, Georg Falkenhahn, Sandor Guba, Bernhard Mayer, Tim Stahlhut
Main ContractorBuilding contractor: Porr Bau GmbH, Vienna, www.porr.at; Timber structure: Weissenseer Holz-System-Bau GmbH, Greifenburg, www.weissenseer.com
ConsultantsLandscape architects: idealice, Vienna, ww.idealice.com; Structural consultant: Lackner + Raml Ziviltechniker-GmbH, Villach; Building services: TB Obkircher, Vienna, www.obkircher.at; Construction physics: Holzforschung Austria, Vienna, www.holzforschung.at; Fire protection: BrandRat ZT GmbH, Vienna, www.brandrat.at; Timber structure: LC Buildings GmbH, Vienna, www.lc-buildings.com; Rainwater Management: ZT-Schattowitz, Vienna, www.zt-schattovits.at
SuppliersRoofing: Paul Bauder GmH & Co KG, www.bauder.de; Windows/Glazing: IPM Schober Fenster Gesellschaft m.b.H, www.ipm.at; Façade: Capatect Baustoffindustrie GmbH, www.capatect.at; Slab: Mobile Betonkonzepte GmbH, www.mobile-betonkonzepte.eu; Insulation: AUSTROTHERM DÄMMSTOFFE , www.austrotherm.de; Sun Protection: Reitermayer Gesellschaft m.b.H., www.reitermayer.at; Doors: Domoferm GmbH, www.domoferm.com; Heat and Smoke Vents: Esser’s Flachdach-Bauelemente Vertriebsges.m.b.H, www.esser.at; Fire Safety Design: Schrack, www.schrack-technik.de; Heating: Siemens, www.siemens-home.de; Ventilation: Lüftungstechnik GmbH für Raumluftsysteme, www.lunos.de; Bathroom products: Geberit Vertriebs GmbH, www.geberit.de; Sanitär-Heinze-Gruppe, www.sanitaer-heinze.de; Wooden Flooring: Weitzer Parkett GmbH & Co KG, www.weitzer-parkett.com; Gypsum Walls: Knauf www.knauf.de; Exterior Flooring: Friedl GesmbH, www.steinwerke.at
Photo Credits© hertha hurnaus | berger+parkkinen architekten | querkraft architekten
Curriculum studio / partecipanteBerger+Parkkinen: In 1995 Tiina Parkkinen and Alfred Berger founded Berger+Parkkinen Architekten with offices in Vienna and Helsinki. In the same year they won the competition for the Embassies of the Nordic Countries in Berlin. The business activities comprise urban planning and public building with emphasis on education, culture and sport as well as office buildings and housing. Numerous successful competitions and distinctions. Nomination STATE AWARD 2017 FOR ARCHITECTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY for Wood Housing Seestadt Aspern together with querkraft. querkraft: The office was founded in Vienna in 1998. The guiding principle of the 3 Partners, Jakob Dunkl, Gerd Erhartt and Peter Sapp, is "Giving People Space": We aim to inspire pleasure, freedom and involvement in people within the built environment. querkraft offers experience on cultural, educational, office and residential projects. The office has been recognized nationally and internationally with numerous awards and nominations.