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July 11th, 2017





Housing Project in the developing district ‘Wildgarten‘ (evolution of the project Garten>Hof, winner of the Europan 10 in Vienna)

Location: Emil -Behring-Weg, Meidling, Vienna

Local Partner: Buschina & Partner ZT GmbH

Client: ARE (Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH)

Built surface: 9500 m2.                                    

Number of housing units: 82

Number of buildings: 11

In process (currently urbanization works)

After approving the master plan ‘Wildgarten’ as evolution of the winner project of Europan 10, the urbanization works in the new 10 hectar district in Emil-Behring-Weg (Meidling, Vienna) already started. The landowner (ARE, Austrian Real Estate) commissioned multiple architecture teams as well as different sponsors to develop an edification design. In partnership with the Viennese enterprise for social housing and different cooperatives, a collaborative democratic and plural urbanism process was created.


Arenas Basabe Palacios was commissioned with the design and execution of 11 housing blocks in different scales, including 82 housing units with a total of 9500 m2 constructed surface containing community spaces, shared parking facilities for bicycles and commercial spaces in the ground floor zone.


In the foreseen urban tissue, the series of buildings joins different urban elements: a rehabilitated historic building transformed into a cultural centre, a grouping of cooperative housing units, an urban square with local suppliers and services, etc. The ’Allmende’, which are situated between the buildings, strengthen pedestrian connections and the continuity of nature within the predominantly pedestrian district. Those characteristic green zones do not need much care and are flexible to adapt to residents needs.


The design respects the original urban idea and furthermore creates new potential based on the garden-matrix, which is structuring the new district. Each block is constructed around its garden while edification varies in height, bay and edification type: constructions of small scale (size S) contain single-family housing and duplex; Medium-scaled buildings (size M) as their taller complements (size L) serve as collective housing blocks and develop a diverse and porous urban process.


The materiality of the buildings accentuates this idea: Ceramic colour façades are facing the sun, while all living spaces are south-orientated and opened towards the garden. The more intimate bedrooms can be accessed through privacy filters in form of halls which contain service rooms, installations and space for storage.


The dwelling’s interiors reflect the characteristic construction system: together with white carpentry, visible vertically perforated bricks (‘Hochlochziegel’) are creating a sequence of neutral, flexible and reconfigurable spaces.


Authors: Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos + Buschina & Partner ZT GmbH

Collaborators: Franca Sonntag, Lucía Leva, Miriam Alonso, Sai Ma, Anna Lindorfer

Landscape Architecture: Tomas Proksch (Land in Sicht)

Local Partners: Buschina & Partner GmbH

Technical Building Services: Lakata GmbH

Electrical Planning: Elektroplanungsgesellschaft mbH

Fire Protection Concept: Erich Röhrer