University of Applied Arts Vienna
by Wolfgang Tschapeller

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University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

Austrian architect Wolfgang Tschapeller has won a competition to overhaul the University of Applied Arts Vienna with proposals that include facade-climbing staircases and giant balloons.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

The architect plans to demolish an existing link building, allowing room for all staircases and elevators of the main university block to be relocated onto its exterior beneath an undulating blanket of glass.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

This will create larger floorplates within the building for studios, as well as extended areas for lecture halls, workshops and storage spaces.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

An internal plaza will also be enclosed behind the extruded facade, while gardens will bridge the spaces between this block and its neighbour.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

Two large pneumatic balloons are to be positioned on the roof and will be inflated to signify special events or occasions.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

This isn't the first unusual building proposal from Wolfgang Tschapeller that we've featured - click here to see plans for a science centre on stilts.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

Here's some more explanation from the architect:


6 Points for a NEUE ANGEWANDTE

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

Between 1st and 3rd district in Vienna on the Ringstrasse a few buildings of different authors and times are collected on a block.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

Heinrich von Ferstel, Schwanzer-Wörle and Noever-Müller are the architects of the group of fine buildings.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

Some of them serve the purposes of the Museum for Applied Arts and some of them serve the University of Applied Arts.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

The original urban intent for this group of buildings follows a very fine, subtle and precise idea.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

Although being part of a block, or standing on a block, they were always meant to keep their independency and autonomy by simultaneously allowing for a visibility of the space in between them.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

In late 2011 an international 2 stage competition was announced.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH proposed 6 POINTS FOR A “NEUE ANGEWANDTE”

ERASE ⇒ RESTORE

The LINK BUILDING by Schwanzer/Wörle was an unfortunate move.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

It does not only work strongly against the original urban intent of a loose and open grouping of buildings on a block. It works also against the character of Schwanzer/Wörle´s own design.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

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Ferstel Bau as well as the Schwanzer/Wörle Bau are in their essence autonomous objects standing in critical and productive distance to each other. Such a reading is re-proposed in our project. Consequently the following steps are proposed: Demolition link building, Reconstruction of those parts of the Ferstel Bau and the Schwanzer-Wörle Bau which were destroyed by the insertion of the LINK BUILDING, Activation of the now very well lit areas of the Schwanzer/Wörle Bau.

University for Applied Arts, Vienna by Wolfgang Tschapeller

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DISLOCATE

We are fascinated by seriality of the Schwanzer/Wörle Bau. The building consists in essence of a series of columns and slabs.By taking out stairs and elevator cores and by repositioning them in front of the serial structure of the Schwanzer/Wörle Bau two essential targets are achieved: full flexibility on the entire floor slab, remarkable gain of usable floor area, improvement of circulation (in economic and spatial terms).

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PURE STRUCTURE – AN ENTIRELY EMTPY SHELF

The removal of stair and elevator cores displays a pure serial structure. What remains are solely columns and slabs, ready for multiple functional readings. The shelf like structure will house the Studios.

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COMMON BASE

Ferstel Bau and Schwanzer/Wörle Bau are connected by a common functional base, containing lecture halls, workshops, storage spaces, technical installations as well as supply lines and waste management.

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CAMPUS - WHERE 17 DIFFERENT STUDIOS MEET

In essence we propose 3 main connecting elements to “make” the new Campus of the Angewandte. The INTERIOR SQUARE connects Ferstel Bau with Schwanzer/Wörle Bau, the GARDEN connects the buildings of the University with those of the Museum, the BROADWAY, a large stair which runs diagonally across the elevation of the Schwanzer/Wörle Bau. The BROADWAY is not only a means of circulation; it is the platform where members and knowledge of the 17 different studios meet. It is the informal marketplace for cross disciplinary projects.

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TEMPORARY STRUCTURES

On the roof of the University two optional, temporary structures are proposed. Two pneumatic balloons indicate and signal special occasions at the Angewandte to the surrounding City. Raised transparent balloons means a special day, like flags on a building.

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Project: University for Applied Arts, Vienna, international Competition, 1st Prize
Author: Wolfgang Tschapeller ZT GmbH
Project team: Jesper Bork, Simon Oberhammer, Mark Balzar, Franz Kropatschek, Gonzalo Vaillo Martinez, Daniel Erl

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Experts: Werkraum Wien, Tragwerk
Planungsgruppe Grünpichler GmbH, TGA
Dr. Jochen Käferhaus, Energie + Klimadesign
Brandrat, Brandschutz
Klaus Pokorny, Lichtplanung
ISOCHROM, Armin Hess, Renderings

  • carsten

    where will it be stored after christmas?

  • xtiaan

    half of me loves it
    the other half of me is just "seriously WTF? are they thinking"

    • vampire

      exactly ;P

  • horstie

    Tschappeller is completely stuck in the 90s Austrian Avantgarde, he needs to come up with some new stuff. Nevertheless would still be cool to see this project build.

  • nugu

    Totally hideous scheme. This is never going to get build here in Vienna.

  • http://twitter.com/_DEADCITIES_ @_DEADCITIES_

    Beautiful presentation, questionable deliverability.

  • http://www.michaelschoner.de michael

    checked his website and well true its the wet dream of when I started to study (in the 90ies), but he is somehow developing that style forward – kinda licked smooth glacier shaved lebbeus woods or californian deconstructivist shit – maybe it will be in fashion again when its build :)
    Some of it makes me laugh – in a good way!
    Dutch OMA turned skandinavian BIG thinking is also not the only answer. Its Formalism thus easier to dismiss – but hell, life is about more then always the sober answer…. and our generation will also some day be outdated.

  • vampire

    A catch-up of Eastern Maglomania in Europe (on a smaller scale)

  • Joe

    It will never ever look like that. What's in those bubbles? what are they made out of? Tschapeller is not a young architect. He teaches architecture to hundreds of students an someone in his level of experience needs to be much more realistic and responsible. I'm not saying that one should not experiment, but bubbles? Really????

  • Chris

    They do know it won't look like that right?