RATHAUSPARK 2009

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description public park facility, open competition, award
category public
location Vienna, Austria
built area 850 m²
design team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Tassos Govatsos, Flavian Lekkas, Mladen Stamenic

client City of Vienna, MA 19
design year 2009

The Rathauspark is an important green space of the historical city centre of Vienna and under UNESCO protection. The proposed shed for the municipal gardeners is on the one hand a built urban infrastructure -in Otto Wagner’s sense- and on the other, an integral part of the urban landscape.

The programmatic and spatial requirements of the competition brief led us to the organization of the building with pragmatic yet opposing criteria: light-dark, warm-cool, outside-inside, open-closed. Natural metaphors like ‘trunk and crown’, ‘core and envelope’ define and characterize the proposed building which aspires to be part of the surrounding landscape and tries to avoid an architectural dependency to the urban context of the Ringstrasse.

The devised open and layered arrangement permits a flexible and simple use of the building. The outdoor maintenance area, circumscribed by a hedge, is the first layer of the compound as well as the public access to the building. From the outside to the inside, the workspace and equipment storage forms the first layer, flexibly separated from the outdoor maintenance area through a translucent foldable wall. The compact second zone, flooded with natural light, accommodates all the ‘private’ uses i.e. offices, kitchen, washrooms, storage. The atrium in the buildings’ core -a retreat area for the gardeners- opens to the sky and city through a generous skylight. Through the atrium one has access to the changing and wash rooms below.

The building’s sustainable constructional and organizational approach respects the urban ecology aiming at becoming an integral part of this important urban space.


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AS IF 2014 residential, research Mykonos Greece
HOUSE E 2016 residential Artemida Greece
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 public Graz Austria
HOUSE T 2016 residential Antiparos Greece
HOUSE H 2012 residential Corfu Greece
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THREE SPACES 2013 exhibition Athens Greece
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STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2017 residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE A+B 2008 residential Paros Greece
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 commercial Nicosia Cyprus
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 public Athens Greece
AUSTRIAN AMBASSADOR RESIDENCE 2013 residential Athens Greece
COASTAL DOMAINS 2017 exhibition Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 residential, hospitality Treffen Austria
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 public Ferlach Austria
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 public, residential, masterplan, hospitality Baku Azerbaijan
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BELGIAN EMBASSY 2009 public Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 public Qabala Azerbaijan
GERMAN SCHOOL ATHENS 2017 public Athens Greece
LAKE APARTMENTS 2012 residential Bodensdorf Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 public, masterplan Athens Greece
LARNACA AGORA 2011 public Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 public Vienna Austria
OFFICE A 2010 commercial Athens Greece
HBWBC SCHOOL 2010 public Vienna Austria
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 public Nicosia Cyprus
RATHAUSPARK 2009 public Vienna Austria
TOWNHOUSE K 2009 residential Nafplion Greece
VILLA W1 2008 residential Corfu Greece
HELLENIC PARLIAMENT 2008 research Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 commercial, residential Athens Greece
GERMAN DEVELOPMENT 2008 masterplan Sofia Bulgaria
SUPERSTORE V 2008 commercial Athens Greece
MELINA PAVILION 2007 exhibition Athens Greece
GLEISDORF DEVELOPMENT 2007 residential Gleisdorf Austria
HELEXPO PAVILION 2007 exhibition Thessaloniki Greece
VILLA S 2006 residential Vienna Austria
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EXHIBITION 102x 2006 exhibition Athens Greece
HOUSE M 2004 residential Athens Greece
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DARNITSA DEVELOPMENT 2003 commercial Kiev Ukraine
TRANSITIONAL INTERSTICES 2003 residential Ano Liosia Greece