City-wide revitalization of the Vienna Gürtel, implementing new urbanistic uses to transform the image of a previously derelict zone. URBION is one of the five key projects of the E.U. URBAN program.
The Vienna Gürtel is the transportation backbone of the city with ten municipal districts bordering its busy lanes. For years, its traffic chaos, lack of street life and menace of social degradation were subjects of inconclusive planning projects and controversies. The historic railway “Stadtbahn” project by Otto Wagner (today the Vienna Underground), which runs along the highway, is the primary means of access to the entire URBAN zone. At the core of the Gürtel concept was the preservation of the architectural heritage of Otto Wagner and how to address the conflicting demands of public space versus high traffic volumes. By designing transparent and connective architecture for the Gürtel median, the area re-emerged as a pivotal space of interaction that once again links the outer and inner districts.
URBION developed a comprehensive set of measures for a new, low-cost design of the median strip that would respect existing structures and could be implemented in consecutive phases.
Fundamental to the “image transposition” strategy was the general improvement of the Gürtel with green landscaping, pedestrian and bicycle zones, and populating the “Stadtbahn” brick arches with cultural and entertainment facilities, restaurants and music clubs. Thus, the lively Gürtel provides daytime recreation as well as a progressive nightlife destination.
Decades of neglect had left many of the Stadtbahn arches below the elevated train line either bricked-over or shuttered with billboards, thereby concealing the original viaduct structure. A flexible modular system was created to accommodate the varying arches, in addition to a discrete lighting solution for the viaduct and overpasses. A minimal steel structure and a uniform, spot-fixed glazing system achieves a high level of transparency, promoting public safety and cultural preservation. The structural elements respect the design principles of Otto Wagner’s original façade.
- Skyline Spittelau
- Kubus Export
- Urban Loritz Platz
- Kiosk Gürtel
- Revitalization Stadtbahn Arches
- Wien, Austria
- Architekten Tillner & Willinger, Wien, Silja Tillner, Wien
- Cooperation Architecture:
- B.Anderl, M.Ritter, H. Achammer
- Structural Engineering:
- werkraum ingenieure ZT-GmbH, Wien
- Landscape Architecture:
- Cordula Loidl-Reisch, Wien
- Traffic Planning:
- Rosinak & Partner ZT GmbH, Wien
- 1996 - 2000