NEU 31 by Superblock

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NEU 31 by Superblock

Aluminium shingles resembling shiny fish scales cover this office and apartment block in Vienna by Austrian architects Superblock.

NEU 31 by Superblock

The four-storey NEU 31 block contains two street-facing offices and four apartments that overlook adjacent woodland.

NEU 31 by Superblock

Internal walls are extruded on the garden facade to create a canopy and balconies.

NEU 31 by Superblock

A ground level passageway cuts through the heart of the building to a concealed courtyard, providing access to that offices and apartments.

NEU 31 by Superblock

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NEU 31 by Superblock

Photography is by Hertha Hurnaus.

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NEU 31

The concept of the overlapping spatial structure, open to the outside as well as inside, with symbiotically conjoined residential 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.

NEU 31 by Superblock

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.

NEU 31 by Superblock

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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 center of the house is an open-top 30 sqm dimensioned courtyard, the glass panes of which connect the rooms of all levels optically and supply them with daylight at the same time. Both outer apartments on the above floors are configured over two storeys, that are glazed at the top and thus deliver light to the underneath. All of the apartments have spacious double-storey south terraces, that open up the structure of the house to the garden. Due to the open window areas of the ground floor the street space is as well provided with a vivid and exceptional scenery.

NEU 31 by Superblock

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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.

The building was wholly developed and financed by the architect office SUPERBLOCK, beginning with the land purchase. After the completion the accommodation units were sold to like-minded people, the garden is used collectively. At the moment the house NEU 31 accommodates 22 working and residing persons, 1 dog and 2 cats.

NEU 31 by Superblock

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Office and Apartment Building, Neuwaldeggerstrasse / Vienna
Firm shell - airy core

Start of construction: May 2009
Completion: December 2010
Location: Neuwaldeggerstrasse 31, 1170 Vienna, Austria
Architects: SUPERBLOCK ZT GmbH
Client: NEU 31 Raum GmbH

4 apartments, 2 offices, 9 parking spaces
approx. 840 sq m floor area

  • jiri k.

    I like at most the staircase in the living room. Looks really cool.