[wu:nu:] Allotment City


Laurenz Berger

The University of Economics Vienna (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien - WU) features a series of characteristics that make its use difficult: The structure consists of nine slabs arranged that rest each located on top of the other on a grid of columns. The lowest slab covers the railway station originally occupying the territory. This first  slab and the second one above provide parking. The third slab is the current level of arrival. The three following levels - four to six - still cover most of the area. In an upward direction, the levels become increasingly remote. Level seven and eight are more isolated set back slabs. The ninth slab forms the roofing construction.

Each slab creates a strong horizontal entity. The large surfaces are not obstructed with bearing walls but held apart by columns organized in an ever-present grid. The horizontal layout of the planes provides great functional looseness.

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[wu:nu:] Allotment City


Laurenz Berger

However, the organisation of vertical connectivity throughout the structure causes severe constraints for circulation. This circulation is organized in four functional cores of which each contains elevators  and emergency staircases. Difficult to access, the cores and thereby vertical connectivity is a major difficulty in the use of the structure.

The entire slab is framed on the west side by fabric organized in the Gründerzeit layout. North and eastwards, the structure is bordered by streets of several lanes. The road on the eastern side is heavily trafficked and itself set next to the canal. Access to the slab is restrained to punctual staircases. The overall accessibility foremost features constrain.

Connectivity - both in terms of perception and circulation is made difficult. The horizontal layout of the structure is attended by severe vertical constraints.