Floor area: 4.510,00 m2
Site area: 2.174,00 m2
Start of construction: summer 2017
Location: Vienna (Seestadt Aspern), Austria
(in cooperation with Pesendorfer | Machalek Architects)
The Living Garden project is a residential and apartment house (with commercial use) in the Aspern Seestadt, one of the largest urban development projects in Europe. It is located in the north-eastern part of Vienna. This new district is very well connected to the railway stations, airports and historical centers of the Twin Cities Vienna and Bratislava.
The project Living Garden is designed as a green, sustainable building. A central idea of the project is to bring nature as deeply as possible into 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 a green building for the residents and the surrounding neighbourhood.
The conceptual core is the forest (the open space in the courtyard), the green vein (the ramp along the façade), the leaves (the generous terraces) and the green skin (the façade of the building).
The ground floor zone is generously glazed, with shop windows, shops, pubs, bicycle rooms and access to the lobbies of the three stairways. They open 37 apartments and 19 apartments. The dwelling types are for the most part single-story “through flats” or over corner, two-sided oriented apartments. In the graded part of the building are apartments (three-sided oriented) with balconies and generous roof terraces planned.
From the outdoor area in the courtyard with playground and lush vegetation, the green vein that rises along the facade, connects the green terraces and opens onto an intensively green roof. From these terraces the inhabitants have a wonderful view to the Lake of the Seestadt. On the largest terrace, above the 1st floor, areas for urban gardening are provided.
In front of the apartments there are circulating, spacious balconies as a buffering zone. They form an inner space between interior and exterior. With their vertical green and green pergolas, these can be used as a place of retreat for the resident and on the other hand they can also be seen as a communicative zone in the so-called capillary (surrounding streets). This vertical, green skin is created by planters (including irrigation) placed on the balconies from which the vegetation develops vertically along the facade and continues horizontally over the pergolas. The green facade is serviced from the outside every six months.