WOHNANLAGE SCHMELZGASSE

Project type: Residential
Location: Vienna, Austria
Description: Luxury & short-term apartments
Scope of work: Schematic design and presentation

Project description:
Located in the up-and-coming 2nd district, this design proposal for a Viennese developer was bound by a pre-existing building permit, obtained for a prior development. The project sits on two plots, zoned with different building heights, and is programmed as short-term furnished rentals on the lower floors and luxury condos on the upper levels.

The facade references the stratification of traditional urban European housing, as well as an Austrian vernacular found near the Swiss border. While the houses of Vorarlberg are famous for quality timber construction, wood was an impractical material choice in a large scale urban setting. This discussion led to the articulation of the luxury units in a heavy grain board-formed concrete pattern. Dubbed “Kitzbuhel”, the posh ski resort village, the luxury condos are intended to evoke the rich history of single-family residences found in rural parts of Austria.

Additional studies were completed, comparing stone and glazed panels, and their material effects at different times of day.