HundertHolz hause By Zofia Jasniewicz & Javier Gutierrez

HundertHolz Hause

​By Zofia Jasniewicz & Javier Gutierrez

Vienna is one of an European capital. The city is divided by a river Donau and Donaukanal It’s population is said to reach over 1.8 millions and density of 4,326.1/km2. With it’s Inner Stadt and multiple of historical building it is called an open - air museum. That is why a strategy of high – rise building development is a significant issue.

It is a first time when a forum on the Internet has been stablished to gather opinion of all interested. In 1972 The Old City Preservation Amendment has created a legal basis defining protected sectors of Vienna. Then, in 1984 another urban plan was stated. It focuses on compact city structure: Inner Stadt development instead of expansion, accessibility of destinations within short, walking distance and more.
Around Vienna there are is approx. one hundred buildings being higher than 40 meters. Thus  the city moves towards enriching it’s historical sight or progress construction technology rather then battle with New York or Frankfurt. Here respect of environmental, social and spatial compatibility is a determinant.
Since the middle of 19th century the City of Vienna is divided into 23 districts. Landstraße with number 3 is one of surrounding districts of the first district, Inner Stadt. Limited with Donaukanal from the northerwest third district is well known of Belvedere residence but also many residential buildings like Gasometer or Hunderwasser hause.

The second one, Hunderwasser hause is an experimental project from 80s of the Austrian painter Friedensreich Hunderwasser. In co-operation with architects Josef Krawina and Peter Pelikan they build a house that grows and changes like a living organism. Today’s architecture moving towards ‘Building like a Tree’ can be delivered from the same principaled stands. Challenge of a building being at once possible with budget, time, law and well-balanced according to nature has succeed.

Hundertwasser point of view was a peculiar manifesto against Bauhaus’ sameness. Around the building Window Right was specified. It is a possibility for dwellers to adopt the living space. Eg: “A person must be allowed to lean out of his window and to paint everything in arm’s reach pink, so people can see from far away, from the street, that there lives a MAN.”

Hundertholtz Hause is a substitutive space for Hunderwasser Hause. Such an outstanding and exceptional with it’s idea building is still impossible to be seen and explored from inside. Finding a proper accommodation for Hunderwasserhause dwellers could give an opportunity to make the object open. Just then oneself can get an overview and understand a concept behind it clearly.

LVL Kerto  is a perfect solution for HunderHoltz Hause. This material can be cut freely and create such curves. Use of 3mm rotary – peeled veeners glued together gives stability being the same time light. LVL Kerto is suitable for penthouse-like structures which does not want to affect an existing building. 

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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