Mariahilferstrasse, by Bureau B+B & Orso.Pitro (ULRIKE PITRO, FRANZISKA ORSO), in Vienna, Austria. What is amazing about landscape architecture design is that the paper one uses is never blank. There are always several parameters to consider, many things that are given, and various restrictions. It might seem discouraging at first, but remarkable projects emerge from sites loaded with obstacles and limitations. The redevelopment of Mariahilferstrasse in Vienna, by Bureau B+B and Orso.Pitro, is an excellent example. Restrictions and design difficulties have contributed to the development of the project in the most creative way.
Mariahilferstrasse in Context
Mariahilferstrasse is a 1.6-kilometer-long street that is considered to be the most important shopping area in the heart of Vienna. It leads from the Westbahnhof — the city train station — to the Museum Quarter. It is obviously an important route for both visitors and city residents.Competition Winning Design In 2013, the city held a competition for the redevelopment of Mariahilferstrasse, which had become a street with heavy traffic and little room for pedestrians. The competition was won by the Dutch landscape office Bureau B+B in collaboration with the Austrian office Orso.Pitro. The commercial activity, the elaborate building facades, the vehicular traffic, and everyday life rhythm had set a vivid, yet complicated field of intervention. The improvement of everyday life for residents and visitors’ convenience, as well as the smooth function of shops and businesses, were the main targets of the intervention. What is remarkable is that the future users of the area contributed to the design process through participation procedures. There is also a website regarding the redevelopment, www.dialog-mariahilferstrasse.at, where people can get information and make inquiries about the project. The design itself comes across as a process to simplify and clarify the given urban context rather than reshape it. Related Articles:
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Full Project Credits For Mariahilferstrasse
Client: City of Vienna, Department or Urban design (MA19) Design: Bureau B+B urban design and landscaping, Amsterdam i.c.orso.pitro architects, Vienna Photography: Bureau B+B/Ricky Rijkenberg Vienna City Archive/PID Transport science/ technical engineers: FCP Fritsch, Chiari & partner ZT GmbH, Vienna City of Vienna Engineering Department MA 28: Department of Road Management and Construction (MA28), Department of Urban Transportation (MA46) Construction team ARGE FUZO MAHÜ 2014: Teerag Asdag, Pittel & Brausewetter, Held & Francke, Leithäusl Granite Supplier: Granitwerke Kammerer, Schrems, Austria Location: Vienna, Austria Site area: 43,000 m2 Status: First Part Completed 2014 Recommended Reading:
- Urban Design by Alex Krieger
- The Urban Design Handbook: Techniques and Working Methods (Second Edition) by Urban Design Associates
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