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Wohnen mit Scharf
New Residential Building in Austria
The site of the former train station Nordbahnhof in the second district is currently considered one of the largest inner-city development areas in Vienna. The building “Wohnen mit scharf!” designed by SUPERBLOCK is part of a cooperation between a developer, two architect’s offices and a residential community. An exemplary project that alongside with aesthetic and architectural quality focuses on individual and intergenerational functionality.
The two buildings are placed along the borders of the corner site, contributing to the clear spatial definition from the adjacent street and city space – the communally designed outdoor area will serve as a contact zone for the residents. The vertically layered residential floors of the project “Wohnen mit scharf!” enable broad public use of the ground floor area, thus underlining the urban character of the quarter.
The sculpted design of the balconies combined with the bright-coloured openings in the otherwise solid cubature lends the building a high recognition value and allows identifying the residents with their home. 51 super-subsidized apartments are designed to accommodate a highly wide-ranging spectrum of population. The low share of own funds will be particularly favourable for young people and immigrants.
The residential building planned by SUPERBLOCK is a part of the project “Wohnen mit alles!”. This project came to life in spring 2010 during a housing developer competition. It originated from the cooperation between the developer SCHWARZATAL, two architect’s offices and a residential community. The objective of the competition was to promote intercultural living and make space for interethnic cohabitation. The building designed by SUPERBLOCK – “Wohnen mit scharf!” – contains subsidized apartments, whereas “Wohnen mit uns!”, the project by the architect’s office “einszueins Architekten”, is designed as a residential home for the club Wohnprojekt Wien (Co-Housing Project Vienna). “Wohnen mit scharf!” is an exemplary project that alongside with aesthetic and architectural quality focuses on individual and intergenerational functionality.
The project “Wohnen mit alles!” includes two eight-storey buildings, which are placed along the borders of the corner site, contributing to the clear spatial definition from the adjacent street and city space. The spacious outdoor area within the complex will be designed communally and serve as a contact zone for the residents of both buildings. This shared space functions as a connective link between the two apartment blocks and creates a place for common activities.
The spacious vertically layered residential floors are virtually soaring above each other. Such kind of structure enables broad public use of the ground floor area, thus underlining the urban character of the quarter. The ground-floor segments, some of them two-storey, are additionally highlighted through the bright colour, which is also used for the openings in the staircase area and on the top floors. North-west side of the complex features a recreation area for young people; on the south-east side a spacious café occupies the entire front of the ground floor.
51 super-subsidized apartments are designed to accommodate a highly wide-ranging spectrum of population. As the needs of the residents may differ a lot, the living units are designed in different sizes (50 to 120 m2 of living space) and are highly multifunctional. This way the apartments can stay compatible with the changing circumstances of their dweller’s life, like, for instance, a new family member or a stay home job. The affordable conditions of the super-funding make it possible to address different income brackets. The low share of own funds will be particularly favourable for young people and immigrants. This goes in hand with the ultimate objective of the competition – promoting intercultural living.
The lower levels of the building contain single-storey units, situated along the naturally lit open staircase. The maisonette apartments of the two top floors will be outlined by two-storey glass panels. All residential units feature spacious balconies; their concrete slabs merge into the side railings and roof elements. The sculpted design of the balconies combined with the bright-coloured openings in the otherwise solid cubature lends the building a high recognition value and allows identifying the residents with their home.
This apartment complex meets a high environmental standard. It was designed as a minimum-energy building with controlled domestic ventilation and a photovoltaic installation on the roof. The shared roof terrace offers the residents a panoramic view over the city with all its sights.
Photography: Hertha Hurnaus and SUPERBLOCK
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