Competition Gate2 | Highrise office and residential building
Program: offices, retail, café & restaurant
— with housing option to fully convert the tower
Scale: 35.680 m² above ground | 3.112 m² below ground
Location: Vienna | Austria
Client: BAI Bauträger AustriaImobilien GmbH
For a long time, the gasometer area in Vienna has been a forgotten between the city and the airport. The new tower forms part of an operation to intensify the area and to reconnect it with the surroundings and the city.
This proposal seeks to fill the urban voids around the gasometer with a new program and mark the site with a higher volume. What form can this tower take in order to express the current needs of the site? It should be a tower that has learned and progressed from earlier single towers. Can it be programmed in a truly flexible manner so that it can easily adapt to its circumstances? Can it be a tower that can even be polite to its neighbours by avoiding casting a shadow? A polite tower after an epoch of selfishness?
As the tower is to be used as offices as well as housing, it demands an asymmetrical floor plan to limit the number of northern facing apartments. The most demanding use will dictate the size and proportion of the units. The towers office capacity would allow the residents to throw a large party.