SUPERBLOCK ZT GmbH, the Austrian architectural practice established in 2003 has realised this 840-square-meters building located on Neuwaldegger Straße 31 in Vienna. Based on a ‘concept of the overlapping spatial structure’, the house boasts a number of residential apartments as well as office units and a centrally-located 30-square-meters courtyard, and its current residents amount to ’22 working and residing persons, one dog and two cats’.
About the project:
‘The concept of the overlapping spatial structure, open to the outside as well as inside, with symbiotically conjoined resitential and office accomodation units is not merely a lip service here, it runs throughout all parts of the building – the spatial solution appeared that beneficial to the architects to occupy it by themselves. The site Neuwaldegger Straße 31 combines the „city“ with the “country” within a narrow strip of land. The building, erected on the plot 15-17 meters wide and 82 meters deep, is an attached design, with its north facade facing a high traffic street and its south side favoring the unspoilt view to the adjoining Vienna Woods.’
‘The concept was to create a four-level diaphanous structure, which integrates all functions of living and working and yet offers enough privacy. All rooms and apartments are interlaced into each other and open not only to the outside but to the inside as well. This radically breaks with the classical scheme of a cube, which is bordered by four walls. ‘
‘The surface of the house facing Neuwaldegger Strasse is rigide. It´s “fish-scale” facade is coated in white aluminium folding shingles that cover the whole of it – from the roof ridge to the ground. Thanks to the front garden there is no need for a gutter, the building cleans itself by means of the channelless eaves every time it rains. ‘