Drei Häuser in Wien: Kultivierung des Gewöhnlichen
The new book "Three Houses in Vienna" features a new housing project in the Austrian capital. The three multi-family buildings were commissioned by "Neues Leben" ( New Life ), a private social-housing and building cooperative. The three new houses near Vienna s recently opened new central railway station are realized by Krucker von Ballmoos Architekten (Zurich), Werner Neuwirth Architekt (Vienna), and Sergison Bates Architects (London)."
Three houses three identities a single social and cultural organism is the idea at the core of the project. Like three people in discussion the buildings are grouped as an ensemble, forming a graceful urban space at human scale. From a distance the three housing blocks appear of metropolitan size and strong urban presence. Each of them is designed by one of the three architectural firms, each with an individual architectural attitude and character also by choice of materials, colors, and floor plans for the various flats. Yet they aim to work as a single functional place to live within a big city, offering private and public spaces for their residents.
The book features the entire projects in essays and images, site and floor plans, elevations and renderings in a lavish book design."