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.
“Schönbrunner Straße” – the shoe factory in Vienna, Austria by aichberger architektur ZT
March 31st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: aichberger architektur ZT
A prestigious building (year of construction: 1902; architect: Adolf Bürgler) was the starting point for the design of a high standard rooftop extensions and creation of lofts apartments. The former shoe factory consisting of one street wing and two courtyard wings and is situated on “Schönbrunner Straße” in the 12th district of Vienna.
The once formative cupola (destroyed in world war 2) is readopted in a contemporary way and used to open the rooftop extensions towards the Wienfluss (Wien River) and the “Wientalbrücke (Otto-Wagner-bridge)”. The flat roof of the courtyard wings will be adapted to rooftop terraces for local tenants. Private and public sun decks on the roof provide high quality extensions to the outdoor areas (balconies) of the lofts in the floors below. By the use of cladding panels these balconies receive horizontal structuring, which descends from the roof of the street wing to the garden area in the courtyard. This structuring reduces the perceived height of the building through its design. The historic theme of the cornice (base, cordon, and cornice) is extended and playfully reinterpreted with the added steel construction.
The monopitch roof and the subterranean structure in the south – facing the courtyard – will be removed and reduced in height to adapt the structure to the existing terrain in the courtyard. As a result the apartments in the first floor of the third wing gain private garden areas.
The ceiling height of 3,6m and the adapted apartment layouts in the former factory levels (courtyard wings) still leave a feeling of the original use as shoe manufacturing facility at the turn of the last century.
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