Querkraft Architekten has created the first inner-city IKEA in Austria's capital city, Vienna.
The project is the first car-free urban IKEA furniture store and is founded on the concept of wanting to be a good neighbour.
The design of the building offers added value to its surroundings, with a roof terrace open to the public, a wealth of greenery on all facades, a café and an outdoor space all contributing to the idea.
On the outside, a 4.5 metre deep zone reminiscent of shelving runs along the structure allowing spaces for shade, terraces and planting, in addition to lifts, escape staircases, toilets and building services.
Inside, a continuous void allows visual contact between the different floors, encouraging visitors to make their way and explore the store and the building.
Around 160 trees and shrubs within the project influence the microclimate, born of the design's three-dimensional display that allows more planting than would be possible on the building’s ground area.
Architect: Querkraft Architekten
Project: IKEA: The Good Neighbour