Floor area: 3.492,00 m2
Site area: 2174,00 m2
Location: Vienna (Seestadt Aspern), Austria
(in cooperation with Pesendorfer | Machalek Architects)
This project is a housing and apartment development in the Aspern Seestadt, one of Europe's largest urban development projects. It is situated in the north-eastern part of Vienna. The new city is well-connected to the railway stations, airports and historic centres of the “Twin Cities” Vienna and Bratislava. The development will be a “green building”; with a forest, a green vein and a green facade with plants and trees.
From the forest in the inner courtyard, a stepped house with terraces, like rice fields, develops in spiral form. The backbone of the spiral is an embedded earth body, which is leafy - virtually the stem of a climbing plant. Due to the fact that these earth bodies have a certain depth and are directly irrigated, green plants can grow here without great effort and care. This green vein supplies the leaves of the climbing plant, the green terraces, which are formed like a terrace on a slope. From here, the inhabitants can enjoy a wonderful view of the lake of the sea town of Aspern.
On the largest terraces, above the 1st floor and on the roof terrace are planned for urban gardening. The terrace on the 5th floor has a humus layer of 1.50 m due to a hilltop in the building and can thus be the breeding ground for larger green plants. On the facades are irrigated planting booths as initial greening under vertical rows. This vertical green develops over the balconies to green roofs. The latter consist of grid grids and, for their part, form horizontal support frames for a horizontal initial greening.
The basic idea of the Living Garden project is to bring nature as close as possible to the city and offer the inhabitants and residents a green lung. In addition to the pleasant climate (oxygen, shading, wind protection), the building is also to be an authentic "green building" for the residents and the environment.