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a good neighbour

- an urban, car-free furniture store with a hostel in the upper floors and a public roof terrace

at the briefing stage the client already formulated the aim: “we want to be a good neighbour”. querkraft’s response to this objective is shown by a building that also represents an added value for its surroundings. the roof terrace that is open to the public, the wealth of greenery on all facade areas, a café and an outdoor space with a friendly design – these are all amenities that contribute towards being a “good neighbour“.

the external envelope is reminiscent of a kind of shelving. this 4.5 metre deep zone runs around the building like a series of shelves that offer shade. it allows spaces to expand, offers room for terraces and planting and for servant elements such as lifts, escape staircases, toilets and building services.

the entrance level is a lively place – a spatial continuum with a mezzanine level and retail areas at the front, along mariahilfer straße. the continuous void in the interior of the building allows visual contacts between the different floors. this encourages visitors to make their way to the upper floors which are connected by escalators.  the roof top is also accessible to the public without the need of consumption, and on the upper two floors there is a hostel.

large trees in the facade and on the roof, totally about 160 trees, have a perceptible influence on the microclimate.  the three-dimensional use of trees provides a greater amount of planting than could be offered by using just the ground alone.  planting is one of the most important measures in the “urban heat island strategy plan of the city of vienna”. the creepers and the trees of the ikea furniture store provide cooling and moisture – a natural kind of air conditioning. the air temperature at pedestrian level will also be improved by these measures.

to ensure the efficient conditioning of the building the building services are based on a simple principle – short distances and direct access. the infrastructure in the building is exposed, which increases the perceptible height of the spaces. the prefabricated reinforced concrete columns are on a grid of about 10 x 10 metres, allowing considerable flexibility in the design and use of the spaces.


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size26.200 m2
clientIKEA einrichtungen - handelsgesellschaft m.b.h.
project management IKEAconstruction: robert charuza, adela beganovic
retail und real estate: sandra sindler-larsson, stephan schneider
project architect querkraftcarmen hottinger

guillermo alvarez

luise eberhard

veronika felber

ursula konzett

julian link

sonja mitsch

fabian partoll

lucia pum
maximilian quick

margarita shileva
johanna sieberer

raffael stegfellner

michael voit

julia weber

anastasia wieser

team (competition)

theresa amesberger
claudia cikanek

gil cloos

peter hanna

julia hosner
fabian kahr
meryl leyhe
carsten sibal
theresa steinlein

magdalena süss

structural engineeringthomas lorenz zt gmbh
hvac engineeringrhm
cost management / tenderingwerner consult ziviltechnikergmbh
electrical engineeringtb eipeldauer
fire protectionfse
building physicsingenieurbüro p.jung
green areakräftner landschaftsarchitektur
future planninganja kirig
model constructionmattweis

christina häusler

hertha hurnaus



BREEAM zertifikat excellence

greenpass zertifikat platinum

ICONIC award 'best of best'

german design award 2022 - excellent architecture: conceptional architecture

lafarge holcim award for sustainable architecture

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