Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Residential and Shopping Complex in Aspern Urban Lakeside, Vienna by AllesWirdGut
June 29th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: AllesWirdGut
The Aspern Urban Lakeside is one of Europe’s largest current urban development projects. Over the next 15 years, a new center for living and working which combines nature and urbanity will be built in Vienna’s east. The new buildings will be situated in an extensive park centered round a 50,000 sq. m. artificial lake.
Starting next summer, the project is comprised of five buildings of apartments and shops. Outwardly, the built ensemble presents itself as a varied urban space. Inside, the focus is placed on social interaction and the quality of living. The planning provides for variable possibilities of use which also anticipate future needs. The different apartment types are multiply adaptable to account for different family situations and stages in life.
The interior of the buildings includes wide stairs inspired by the staircases of Viennese Historism. They provide access to about 35 apartments. This type of circulation infrastructure keeps maintenance costs low and facilitates communication between residents. AllesWirdGut follows a “House of Life” concept which provides for a house community of some 100 people, about half of them older and half young. Contact and synergies between occupants are wished-for here and considered and promoted already in the planning.
The entire publicly accessible inner courtyard of the building ensemble is lifted by one floor and greened with trees and planting. This green area connects the five houses and is also accessible over barrier-free ramps. Shaded benches, nice quiet spots amid the urban bustle, again enhance the quality of life and promote exchange between residents.for here and considered and promoted already in the planning.
Due to its compact volume the economic use of materials the project is ecologically sustainable. The window surfaces are optimized for daylighting. There is district heating, all taps and fittings are water-saving, and building services are intelligent, yet simple and hence low-maintenance. Finally, building certification ensures that ecological requirements incorporated and implemented in the planning, tendering procedures, and construction throughout the entire building process. All in all, this mixed-use five-building project is in full congruence with the seminal urban-development objectives pursued at Aspern.